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Hayley Orzech is the News & Opinion Editor for Miss A. She found her passion in writing. She grew up in Detroit, MI and though it has been through the mill, she still has faith in it. She just graduated from Northern Michigan University and believes that you have not seen snow until you’ve spent a winter in Marquette on the shores of Lake Superior. She is in love with traveling and her hope now is to see as many places as she can while pursuing her dreams. She grew up in a large Polish family, full of firefighters. If she has learned anything other than how to not set her house on fire, it is that you can never take your blessings for granted because they might be up in flames before you can blink.

She adores traveling and meeting new people from all walks of life. She reads and writes everyday in between navigating her early 20’s. She's made it her mission to spread the wealth to those who are less fortunate. We are all in this together, after all.
She has had the privilege of adventures like snowboarding down the Rocky Mountains, jumping off of a cliff into clear, beautiful Lake Superior, hearing music on the Detroit River, running down a sand dune into the Au Sable River, looking up at the Statue of Liberty, climbing up a waterfall in Jamaica, letting her fingertips graze over a shark in Key West, hiking in California, gazing at Mount Rushmore, holding onto a giant Redwood tree and so many others that she can hardly believe her luck. All she truly want out of life is to have more adventures while helping others and doing the thing she love to do most: write.

Charitable And Stylish Men We Love: Robert Downey Jr.

Now granted, I have seen only a small percentage of this world so far, but I’ve heard about some pretty cool stuff. I have never been to China, but I have heard of the Great Wall. I’ve never been to Mexico, but I’ve heard of the great Monarch Butterfly migration. And I’ve never been to Australia, but I’ve heard about the Great Barrier Reef. Yes, I’ve heard about all of those cool things, but I’m sure that other people in the world have heard about the cool things to see in the U.S.A.: the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, and, arguably one of the coolest things America has to brag about – Robert Downey Jr..

Robert Downey Jr. (Photo Credit: the4sp.com)

Robert Downey Jr. (Photo Credit: the4sp.com)

It’s true, the Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang star has had his troubles, but the way he has risen above them is enough to irrevocably erase them from everyone’s memories. However, he might not be so quick to dismiss them, especially when there are others suffering from similar circumstances. Downey Jr. is an avid supporter of the Midnight Mission, a charity that will be 100 years old next year. The aim of the organization is to lift up those people who have hit rock bottom, lost everything and are utterly alone. They provide everything from personal hygiene needs to counseling to job training. The charity prides itself on simply helping others, without sermonizing, and treating every person, whether man, woman or child, who comes to them with respect and warmth. Keeping his roguish persona intact even through giving, the actor also supports Robin Hood, an organization that has been fighting poverty for the past 25 years. It was founded by Paul Tudor Jones II, a former hedge fund manager. As the name suggests, the super rich are combating poverty throughout New York, primarily through one large charity gala every year during which high profile investors and other hedge fund managers gather to donate money towards everything from health care services to emergency food and everything in between, such as building new libraries and new housing. Since it’s beginning in 1990, Robin Hood has raised over $900 million.

Robert Downey Jr. (Photo Credit: carpatys.com)

Robert Downey Jr. (Photo Credit: carpatys.com)

The actor also has a soft spot for the cute and cuddly – babies and animals. Downey Jr. supports the Orca Network, an organization aimed at raising awareness about porpoises and whales in the Pacific Northwest and preserving their habitat. The orcas have no natural enemies, which makes humans their only threat. The actor also supports March of Dimes, a network working to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality by educating parents and giving them a support system so that the new babies will be happy and healthy. In addition to all of that, Downey Jr. gives back to the people who gave him his first and second chances. The Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation is an organization made to help those in the film and television who have given most of their lives to the industry, but who are now the ones at a disadvantage. The foundation provides health services and emotional support to these people, as well as providing specialized day care services for them.

Robert Downey Jr. (Photo Credit: people.com)

Robert Downey Jr. (Photo Credit: people.com)

To say that we love Robert Downey Jr. because of his wit, style and charm wouldn’t be incorrect, but as luck would have it, he gives us even more reasons to love him as he gives back the good fortune and goodwill bestowed upon him in his time of need. Come back next time to find out which handsome face is lending a hand as well as a smile.

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