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With some of the biggest, boldest names in the land, celebrities could hide behind a wall of privacy and we'd still think they were neat. But many stars showed extraordinary kindness throughout 2015 — and that deserves its own kind of spotlight. Here are some of our favorite ways celebs proved they were extra special.
Chris Pratt went straight for the laughs while visiting a children's hospital in Atlanta, making funny faces as he posed for pictures. He also answered questions, handed out toys and signed autographs.
A 6-year-old girl fighting cancer got to see Taylor Swift perform — and meet the star in person.
Young country music star Kelsea Ballerini took a 17-year-old with brain cancer to accompany her at the Country Music Awards. The two first met when Kelsea mistook Allie for another musician.
Dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp surprised a group of smiling young patients at an Australian children's hospital.
Cam Newton paid a surprise visit to a block party and early Halloween celebration for a 10-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer. The boy learned in September that his disease had spread, so he celebrated his favorite holiday early this year.
Robert Downey Jr. slipped into a tiger costume to cheer up a 7-year-old boy who had been bullied because of his cystic fibrosis and considers the "Iron Man" actor his idol.
Pop star Carrie Underwood joined actors Elijah Wood and Molly Ringwald in sending birthday tweets to a boy to help celebrate his 13th birthday after nobody accepted the invitation to his birthday blowout.
Taylor Swift surprised one of her biggest supporters with a personalized care package that included jewelry, a watercolor painting and money to help with student loans.
Taylor Swift loved a medley of her hits performed by 7-year-old piano prodigy and invited the talented boy to come to one of her shows and say hello.
Talk show host, actress, writer, comedian and all around humanitarian Ellen DeGeneres stood out from the rest of the pack and topped the NBC News online State of Kindness poll.
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Chris Pratt shared a tender video of his 3-year-old son, Jack, in support of a cause close to his heart. The post was in honor of World Prematurity Day, which focuses attention on babies born too early.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson helped save the life of an abandoned puppy he had never met by donating $1,500 toward life-saving surgery for the pooch.
Kelvin Moon Loh had barely left the stage after his performance in "The King and I" on Broadway when he took to Facebook to ask for empathy for a boy with autism who had made loud noises during an intense scene in the show.
Patrick Dempsey honors his mother, who died of ovarian cancer, through a cancer center he founded with his two sisters. The center offers free support, education and wellness services to anyone affected by cancer.
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