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Robin Williams quietly raised $50,000 for Seattle food bank

As the world mourns the death of Robin Williams, details about the comedian's generosity and warm spirit continue to emerge. 

NBC's Seattle affiliate KING 5-TV reports that between 2004 and 2008, Williams raised close to $50,000 for a food bank in Seattle — and never wanted recognition for his generosity. 

WIlliams began supporting the West Seattle Food Bank in 2004. He performed stand-up at the Showbox nightclub in Seattle and donated all the proceeds from the show to the food bank.

"I was just astounded," said West Seattle Food Bank executive director Fran Yeatts.

Williams performed in Seattle again in 2007 and 2008 and, on both occasions, donated the proceeds from his shows to the West Seattle Food Bank. In total, he raised close to $50,000.

"Robin Williams is the type of person who really understands there are a lot of people who are really, really struggling," Yeatts said.

Williams' charity continues to make an impact to those who rely on and volunteer for the food bank — people like Aaron Ellis, who got to meet Williams at his 2004 show. Ellis, like Williams, has suffered from depression and addiction.

"He said it was an honor for him to be able to do these things, to give back," said Ellis, who continues to remain sober and volunteer at the food bank. "That meant the world to me. It solidified my sobriety to this day."