Looks like Misha Collins can be an angel in real life.
After an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2009, Misha took a look at his Twitter followers and figured that all together they could be an unstoppable force for good.
On December 3, 2009, Misha Collins went on Twitter to ask his followers (aka “Misha’s Minions”) to think up ideas for a “minionstimulus” project. The goal was to obtain U.S. government stimulus money for non-profit “minion” initiatives.
Use #minionstimulus for your ideas. Goodbye and good luck.
— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) December 4, 2009
This project then turned into a privately organized charity called “MinionStimulus” which later became “Random Acts”.
Random Acts is now a registered charity in the US and run completely by volunteers. These random acts are everything from donating food to the homeless, raising funds for shelters, to building a free school in Nicaragua.
This charity certainly reflects who Misha is outside of Supernatural. Last year in December, Misha won the 2018 “Philanthropist of the Year” award from Celebmix. They explained why he won in a post:
“For years, Supernatural’s Misha Collins has been working to make the world a better place. When he’s not busy meeting and welcoming fans at conventions, he attends protests, encourages young people to participate in politics, and publicly stands up for what’s right. Earlier this year, Misha helped to organize the Bad Idea Tour with several of his Supernatural co-stars. On Crowdrise, they collected over one-hundred thousand dollars to help fight childhood hunger. […]”
In an interview with LoveToKnow, Misha explains why this charity means so much to him:
“When I was young, our family had some difficult times and was even homeless at times. And a few people did really nice small gestures to our family – a few strangers – those seemingly random acts have stuck with me since I was six years old to now. I want to have that effect on people. If someone remembers that they were helped, that’s what’s important to me. That’s the goal. Helping others.”
Supernatural has been going on for awhile now (2005-present) and the fanbase is all over social media. Fans have fallen in love with the characters, and follow the actors on their accounts They all have large followings on Twitter and Tumblr, as well as several other platforms.
The Supernatural fanbase tries to get as close as possible to the actors, going to conventions with meet and greets, photo ops, and so on, vs the usual route most fanbases take by simply watching their favorite celebs on magazine interviews or Twitter/Instagram posts.
However, while Supernatural star Jared Padalecki gets critized insulting Philip Seymour Hoffman drug overdose or Supernatural star Jensen Ackles being criticized for homophobia or making an assault joke, Misha Collins has kept himself largely out of criticism.
Today, Random Acts continues to be a global movement with a vast network of caring supporters helping the world one act of kindness at a time. It’ll be intriguing to see what gets accomplished in 2019.
Here are three ways to be involved:
Here you can get assistance for performing random acts of kindness by submitting a proposal form.
You can send money their way via PayPal or other methods on their donate page.
You can see open positions for volunteering on their vacancies page