Actor Josh Duhamel helped Valspar Paint launch its charity fundraiser Hearts & Hands for Humanity on Monday, August 19th. The Las Vegas star showed cameras a bright blue hand to illustrate the handprints on paper hearts by a handful of celebrities that are being sold to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Duhamel attended the launch for press and then promoted the auction on his Twitter page.
His publicity efforts are helping, as his handprints are currently of the highest value on the auction’s website, right above Bette Midler’s coveted paws. Other noted celebrity prints up for purchase include Duhamel’s wife Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Lea Michele from Glee, and prominent film actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber. Along with brightly colored Valspar Paint handprints, the pictures are also autographed and set at a $500 value. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to assist families affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and the tornadoes in Oklahoma.
Valspar has donated over $35 million to Habitat for Humanity through its corporate foundation. The company is also the creative force behind A Brush With Kindness, an event that arms volunteers with paint and brushes to beautify neighborhoods. The foundation has also given relief funds to victims of natural disasters globally, including the tsunami on South East Asia and the Sichuan Earthquake in China.
Josh Duhamel also has a history of working with charities and promoting good causes. He organized a charity running event to help raise money for relief in Haiti after the earthquake. In Japan, he hosted events for the Red Cross after the tsunami disaster in 2011. Duahmel and Fergie also recently welcomed their first child to the world, Axl Jack Duhamel.