Mel Gibson has quietly been working with a charity to help Holocaust survivors, according to a source
Mel Gibson has quietly been working with a charity to help Holocaust survivors, according to a source.
Zane Buzby, founder of the Survivor Mitzvah Project, told Extra that her charity helps ‘bring emergency aid to Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe who are in desperate need of food, medicine, heat and shelter and we always bring them friendship and hope’.
The Braveheart actor made headlines back in 2006 for going on a drunken anti-Semitic rant, and is seemingly donating to the charity to make up for it.
Buzby added: ‘The goal of the Survivor Mitzvah Project is to make sure that no Holocaust survivor who has endured the darkest days of human history will ever be hungry again or suffer or be forgotten or neglected’.
The charity first approached him after the public blunder to see if he would be interested in getting involved, and he responded quickly.
A source told Extra that ‘He has been an avid supporter of this organization for a few years now and doesn’t just write a check.
‘He has been to the office and personally learned about the mission and the people helped on an ongoing basis.
‘He’s also helped raise additional funds by getting others involved. Mel feels great compassion for what this organization does. And he doesn’t publicly promote most of his philanthropy but quietly helps out’.
The Survivor Mitzvah project aids holocaust survivors in Eastern European Countries
About his contribution, Buzby said: ‘Mel Gibson is helping Holocaust survivors in eight countries, it’s remarkable.
‘I have a great respect for people who turn their lives around, and I think that everyone makes mistakes in life, and i think the real proof of what kind of human being you are is what you do with that mistake.’
She also added: ‘His actions have helped a lot of people’.
It has been reported that the actor-director is trying to turn his life around, and a Gibson source told People: ‘Mel has shown some remorse over his past behavior. Mel wants to be remembered for his work. He has worked on his issues and has definitely shaped up’.