While you spent Christmas watching football and hitting on your brother’s girlfriend, Angelina and Brad Pitt spent Christmas Day at a Colombian refugee camp in Costa Rica handing out gifts to children. The refugees are part of the 11,500 reported refugees that have fled to Costa Rica due to the ongoing conflict in their homeland between leftist guerrillas, soldiers and paramilitary forces. In a statement, Jolie said:
We had a wonderful Christmas both with the Costa Rican people and the Colombian refugee families we met…The conflict in Colombia is the greatest humanitarian tragedy in the Western Hemisphere, but it receives very little international attention. My Christmas message to Colombian refugees and to the millions of displaced people in Colombia is that the world has not totally forgotten them.”
This makes the third holiday in two years that Angelina and Brad have spent with underprivileged people. For Thanksgiving in 2005, the couple visited Pakistan earthquake victims. This year, they spent Thanksgiving in Maddox’s homeland of Cambodia where she promised $1.3 million toward the country’s ongoing conservation efforts. This also makes the third time in two years that I’ve dropped my change from Starbucks into the Salvation Army kettle. It would make it easier to make fun of them if Angelina and Brad weren’t beautiful, rich, talented, selfless, generous and socially aware. They could easily be mindless idiots like most of Hollywood, but they’re not. Angelina Jolie is basically Mother Theresa with DSLs and way more sexual tension.