9 Celebrity Causes You Should Totally Get Behind

Giving Season

Join these nine stars in making a difference in the lives of others this holiday season.

Dec 11, 2013 | 06:48 PM

1. Katherine Heigl's Jason Heigl Foundation: Founded in 2008 by the "Grey's Anatomy" star and her mom, to honor the memory of brother Jason who died in a car accident when he was 15 years old, the Heigl Foundation helps animals in need and raises awareness about the inhumane treatment of abused and neglected animals. Click here to donate for this noble cause, and Katherine will match your donation dollar for dollar (up to $100,000!).   

2. Kevin Bacon Shows New York Cares Some Love: Join the star of "X-Men: First Class" in donating and/or volunteering for New York Cares, a 56,000-volunteer foundation that helps approximately 400,000 New Yorkers with programs such as its signature The New York Cares Coat Drive (one of the largest coat drives in the US that has collected and distributed over 1.2 million coats since 1989).

3. Mick Jagger and the Small Steps Project: You could own the shoes the Rolling Stones' front man wore at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts last June. Look them up on eBay; the proceedings will go to the Small Steps Project, which supports homeless children around the world.     

4. Shemar Moore's MS Research: The "Justice League: War" (2014) star, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, started a foundation along with some of his "Criminal Minds" castmates to raise money for MS research.  

5. Angie Harmon and Kid Alliance: The "Rizzoli & Isles" star has long been a supporter of foster kids and actively supports the Alliance for Children's Rights, an organization that provides free legal services and advocacy to protect the rights of impoverished, abused, and neglected children and youth. 

6. Candice Accola and The Trevor Project: Join "The Vampire Diaries'" star in supporting LGBTQ youth through The Trevor Project—an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teens (and that celebrated 15 years of saving lives on Tuesday by honoring "Glee's" actress Jane Lynch at the Hollywood Paladium in Los Angeles).   

7. Kellan Lutz and Saving Innocence: The "Hercules: The Legend Begins" (January 2014) star hosted the 2013 Saving Innocence Gala on December 5 in Los Angeles to support Saving Innocence, an organization which vision is "to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children and restore the cultural values of innocence and human worth."

8. Brittany Snow's Love is Louder: The "Pitch Perfect" star co-founded Love is Louder "to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone." Co-founded by the Jed Foundation and MTV, the movement seeks "to raise the volume around the message that love and support are louder than any internal or external force that brings us down." 

9. The Eva Longoria Foundation: The "Desperate Housewives’” star started her foundation "to empower Latinas, and to help foster their growth as intelligent young women." One of its most recent projects is a University of California's Civil Rights Project/Projecto Derechos Civiles study that Longoria commissioned to examine Latinas' involvement in extracurricular activities and its correlation to educational success.

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