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Nicole & Joel Give Back To The Community

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We love it when celebrities use their star status for good.

And new mom Nicole Richie and her husband boyfriend Joel Madden have done just that.

The couple spent 13 months of fundraising to benefit some under privileged kids by helping to raise $35,000!

Yesterday, Nicole and Joel helped break ground for a new playground at a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles.

The shelter, Beyond Shelter's Broadway Village 2, is located in one of the highest crime and poverty areas in the city. Several of the kids even showed up to celebrate the event and their future playground.

Richie stated, "It's so rewarding to see the smile on these kids faces. I spend tons of time here. When I found out the kids play on a concrete slab or play inside all day, it hit me. Kids need to have an imagination, to be outside and to be free."

And according to Joel, little Harlow might even be passing by for some playdates.

Says the dad, "Absolutely. Now that she's playground age, she can!"

Celebrities going good, always a nice sight.

[Image via Getty Images.]

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29 comments to “Nicole & Joel Give Back To The Community”

  1. 1

    …"Nicole & Joel Give Back To The Community" I thought at first you meant that they were giving their baby away. Or burying it! Happy almost Hallowe'en!

  2. 2

    She showcases a fine 'grip' on that shovel handle… his gets an A+ though !

  3. YUCK says – reply to this


    please dont bulid any more fucking homeless shelters in downtown you idiots, this area is going through gentrification and we dont want that shit out here. why dont you build one in beverly hills or bel air or in fucking palmdale, we dont want that shit in downtown fuckers.

  4. 4

    Absolutly LOVE them! They are such a great and inspiring young couple that has really gone out of their way to help others in need. Nicole has grown so much since having Harlow it's a beautiful adn wonderful thing. So much better that she's not around Paris either! hahahaha…thanks Benji and Nicole for all that you guys do!

  5. YUCK says – reply to this


    I meant to say dont contribute to the homeless bullshit in downtown where hospitals dump homeless sick ppl once they are released from the hospita. this is pathetic.

  6. 6

    It's about time! Now what about that dumb bitch Paris Hilton? Didn't she promise to do more???

  7. 7

    Re: Canadiana* – …hehehehe.

  8. 8

    she donated all her shower gifts that she got for Harlow to charity. i love her.

  9. chlyn says – reply to this


    This is nice to hear.

  10. 10

    Oh please. Why didn't they just cut a check for $35,000 instead of "helping to raise" $35,000? Enough of this celebrity "charity" crap. Most of it is for publicity and to improve their image.

  11. 11

    Re: Nip Slip – True.

  12. 12

    So they raised $35 000 Couldnt they match that, she probably spends that in one trip to the mall, or baby gap!

  13. 13

    Geez, if they'd helped out with the funds it wouldn't have taken so damned long to raise the $35,000!! Great that they're lending their faces to the campaign, but how about giving some money to these projects? I wish celebrities would donate more of their millions instead of hoarding it all for themselves.

  14. 14

    More like they broke wind….

  15. 15

    Why are these two has beens and never where anythings newsworthy? Good Charlotte hasn't had a relevant hit album in about ten years. Nicole Richie is just famous for being Paris a socialite best friend and Lionel Richie adopted daughter. She is not even sober anymore since she still indulges in alcohol as it is widely reported and she is photographed drinking. Why should anyone care about these two losers who are unmarried having more babies out of wedlock?

  16. 16

    Nip Slip- well at least it's a positive wag of doing it, instead of doing what your username implies.

  17. 17

    Re: divas1 – right! Because we should be reading about Paris Hilton new underground porno flick or how she bounces men like musical chairs! NEED MORE SMUT!! Forget the celebs who actually have a brain and a heart to change this…UGH! (rolling my eyes)

    Shut the hell up.

  18. 18

    ya know…I see Lindsay Lohan doing something like this…anything to help restore the heart that her parents have tried to ravage? not my call though…

    just a thought…

  19. 19

    He'll never marry her you know.

  20. 20

    Re: divas1

    Totally agree with you. Just because this loser girl popped out two kids, she is not "wonderful". Far from it.

    She has maids, nannies and on and on and on. Without her daddies money, this worthless girl would be homeless and slammin H in downtown LA, not getting her picture taken in a playground there. I'm just waiting for the day she drives wasted the wrong way on the freeway again, gets arrested for drunk driving again or get arrested for illegeal drugs again.

    I would be more inclined to think she is "wonder and changed" if she actually did something beside shop, go to Starbucks, get her hair and nails done, put her name on some bogus maternity line for a Pea in the Pod, put her name on some bogus jewerly line and cash daddies checks. She also is extreamly emotionally immature, hence the eating disorder she so clearly has.

  21. 21

    Joel has been really good for Nicole. I hope they and their precious babies stay happy forever! God Bless.

  22. 22

    Good for them!
    Now, if only Nicole could convince Paris Hilton to stick to her post-jail promises

  23. 23

    Re: divas1 – Your a true dipshit you know? Of course you can't possibly see the changes she has made in the past 3 years. First being that she is rarely with Paris anymore. Idiot. She at least is doing something to help. What the fuck have you done other than sit on your high perch and judge?

  24. 24

    Re: walmartgreeter – Oh really? Do you know her? Do you know anything about her life other than what you read in the gossip rags? Everything you mentioned happened well over 2 years ago and she has changed in a lot of ways. Sounds like you are a jealous little bitch. And by your moniker…I would assume (like you do) that you are overweight, with bad skin, spandex in all the wrong places and smells like a brewery. Oh wait..did I just JUDGE you when I don't know you??? Wow…imagine that. Dumb bitch.

  25. 25

    Why would you have PLAYGROUNDS at a homeless shelter? Wouldn't this make the kids wanna come back all the time? Their parents need to get jobs not play and eat and sleep for free. THE USA IS NOT FREE……WE ALL NEED TO LEARN THIS LESSON.

  26. 26

    Wow lot's of hate filled comments on here, I was just wondering when you last visited Joel and Nicole, as you seem to KNOW so much about them? It never fails, a celebrity makes a mistake and paid for it, and it is all anyone can think to mention. I wonder what crap is in YOUR closet, that if we knew about it how would you feel? Are you the same person from years ago? I bet not, so why not just let Nicole's past go, it is after her all "her past", not yours. Go out and improve yourself, educate yourself and you will feel better about yourself, perhaps not feel the need to try to harm others. Get help and get well…much Yoda luv…

  27. Aries says – reply to this


    Nice fucking sandals for digging you moron!

  28. 28

    i like them

  29. 29


    i know, there will always be haters posting negative comments no matter what the story. it could be a truly heartwarming story, and they will still be hatin!