Beloved comedian Robin Williams left a huge void in all of our lives and the effects of his kindness and generosity still encompass the world he left behind.
Robin Williams had managed to raise and donate over $50,000 to West Seattle Food Bank and had been for years before his passing and no one knew. He ensured to never get recognition for his generosity and details of his unknown acts of kindness started to emerge only after his passing.
He had started to support the food bank from 2004, when he donated all the proceeds from his Showbox stand-up comedy performance to them. "Robin Williams is the type of person who really understands there are a lot of people who are really, really struggling," West Seattle Food Bank executive director Fran Yeatts told USA Today. "I was just astounded."
He performed in Seattle in 2007 and again in 2008 and donated the proceeds of these two shows to the food bank as well. "He said it was an honor for him to be able to do these things, to give back," said Aaron Ellis, a volunteer at the food bank, who had the opportunity to meet Robin Williams himself. Williams acts of kindness have left a deep impact on Ellis who says, "That meant the world to me. It solidified my sobriety to this day."
Another volunteer at West Seattle Food Bank, Mike Cervino, was quoted as saying by Mirror how he feels about the loss of Williams to this day, "One because he was a great comedian. Two, because he donated here, and three because people really rely on that here."
He has also extended a helping hand to other charities. According to LookToTheStars, Williams visited children's hospitals as well as the US troops in war-torn zones to entertain them and utilized his extraordinary energy to help them deal with their difficult situation and raise their morale.
Williams is best known for his affiliation with "Comic Relief" a non-profit established to help the homeless, but he has also actively participated in "America: A Tribute to Heroes" a charity telethon for victims of 9/11 and performed at "We Are Amused" comedy night to benefit Prince's Trust.
Robin Williams changed my life. He was a great actor and a generous person. Through a scholarship, he made it possib… http://t.co/otEuiWrhPW— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) 12 August 2014
The Robin Williams Scholarship is a scholarship fund Williams established to help students at his alma mater, Julliard. This scholarship helped Jessica Chastain, best known for her work in the dramas Take Shelter and The Tree of Life, as she graduated from Julliard.
Robin Williams passed away in 2014 after losing the battle to depression, at the age of 63. But the effects of his kindness and generosity still encompass the world he left behind.