Robin Williams And What He Did When No One Was Looking.

My very first Robin Williams experience was when I was 7 years old, I had just seen the Disney movie Aladdin with my family.  As we walked back to the car, my uncle was already quoting Genie lines that had us erupting into fits of laughter. He asked us about our favorite characters, mine was Genie. It wasn't until I was older that I realized that what I loved so much about Genie was actually the man behind the lines - Robin.

It was his high energy, his lightening fast mind and the way he connected with people that drew us all in. But, it was the stories of what he did off stage that made me a fan. He was the kind of guy that did good things for the sake of doing them - here our top five:

When he visited a preemie on Christmas Day and delivered a bag of toys to all the patients.

On Christmas Day in 1998, Robin walked into the children's ward at San Francisco General Hospital with a bag full of toys. No one knew that he was coming, it wasn't a publicity stunt. He asked to visit a premature baby who had just been stabilized by doctors and nurses - with tears in his eyes, he thanked them all for taking care of that tiny child when they could have been home celebrating with their own children.

When he flew across the country to be with a little girl who was dying of brain cancer.

In 2004, 5-year-old Jessica Cole was terminally ill with brain cancer. It was her greatest wish to meet her idol, Robin Williams. When she became too sick to meet up with him in California, he chartered his own private jet and flew out to meet her!

When he donated $50 thousand to the West Seattle Food Bank.

Without telling anyone, Robin donated his earnings from three separate stand-up comedy shows that he performed at the Showbox nightclub in Seattle. Just as the economy was collapsing and unemployment was skyrocketing, he saw a need and stepped up to help others out.

When used his celebrity status to give homeless people jobs.

Whenever Robin Williams was being booked for an event, one of his requirements was that for every film or event he did, the company had to hire a certain number of homeless people to work on set. Now THAT is how you multiply the good!


When he made a heartbroken Gorilla smile again.

When Koko the Gorilla found out that her best friend of 24 years had died, nothing could console her - she didn't smile for six months! Also suffering from depression, Robin decided to visit The Gorilla Foundation to cheer Koko up. See how happy she is when he tickles her!

If you or someone you love is suffering from depression, please visit Mental Health America's website to connect with a local chapter near you.  Residents of the United States can text "GO" to 741741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor.

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