Do you need a little celebrity pick-me-up today? Tired of Justin Bieber tooting his own horn at the Billboard Music Awards? Over Kanye West‘s confusing rants and upcoming album entitled Yeezus? Well then I have just the thing for you, and his name is Zach Galifianakis. Today my heart grew about three sizes when I learned that Zach personally saved a woman from homelessness. Her name is Elizabeth ‘Mimi’ Haist, and Zach met her in 1994, when she used to volunteer at the laundry facility he went to in Los Angeles, Fox Laundry. She relied upon tips from the customers there to survive, but it ended up not being enough to cover her expenses, and she slipped into homelessness.
When Zach heard what had happened, he sought Mimi out and got her set up in a one bedroom apartment where he pays her rent and her utilities. Yeah. Holy shit. That’s already overwhelmingly generous enough, but Zach also brings her as his date to film premieres. Currently eighty-seven, she’s been Zach’s date to The Campaign and The Hangover 2, and Zach will reportedly be taking her to the premiere of The Hangover 3 as well.
“I’m looking forward to it, I like the excitement of it. If he’s in town, he takes me. Otherwise he lets me take a friend. I dress up nice and a friend helps me with my makeup. It’s fun, not something I’ve ever dreamed I’d experience. The limo takes me home afterwards. All the fans were taking photos and I waved at them, I said, ‘They don’t know who I am!’ Afterwards, they have a party at somewhere close by and you meet the stars. I drink lemon drop martinis with Grey Goose vodka.”
I just…this is just so great. It gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling in my belly (and beard area) for Zach Galifianakis and just humanity in general. It’s so satisfying that he takes such good care of this woman from his past. I’m super impressed.
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