As you've probably heard, the talented and wonderful George Michael died on Christmas Day. Apparently 2016 wasn't quite done with its reign of evil, so on December 25 it decided to take the pop singer and Wham! founder (he was Wh-) on its way out. He was only 53. Oh, and thanks for ruining Christmas, death.
And as if losing a lovely, funny, accomplished (he wrote "Careless Whisper" at 17 and "Last Christmas" at 21) musician weren't enough, it's now coming out through various media that George Michael was also an incredibly generous man. Like, way beyond Band Aid generous. And most of his donations were anonymous.
According to The Guardian, George Michael's charity work with Band Aid ("Do They Know It's Christmas?") raised over £9 million for Ethiopian famine relief. He donated the royalties from Wham!'s Last Christmas/Everything She Wants single to the same cause. The money from his duet with Elton John ("Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"), he gave to the children's charity Rainbow Trust and the London Lighthouse AIDS hospice.
George Michael would apparently often set aside seats for NHS England staff and once dedicated an entire free performance to a group of nurses as a thank you for taking care of his mother when she died of cancer ten years earlier.
According to The Guardian, George Michael donated £50,000 to SportRelief when British comedian David Walliams swam the English Channel.
The list goes on and on. If you lived in England anytime in the last 20 years, you've probably gotten money from George Michael. And he made a point of keeping his donations anonymous, because it wasn't about him, it was just about being charitable.
He gave a waitress a £5,000 tip.
He donated £100,000 to a children's charity every year on Easter.
He gave a stranger £15,000 for IVF treatment.
He gave another stranger £25,000 to pay off her debt.
He volunteered at a homeless shelter.
And one woman tweeted, "George Michael worked anonymously at a homeless shelter I was volunteering at. I've never told anyone, he asked we didn't. That's who he was." (Interesting. George Michael was the exact opposite of Donald Trump, who wants kudos for money he almost definitely didn't even donate.)
George Michael volunteered at a homeless shelter! If that doesn't inspire you to help someone less fortunate than yourself this holiday season, then there's no hope for you.