Gomez was honored as a CNN Hero in 2011 after helping kids in Ghana with UNICEF.
She became a UNICEF ambassador at just 18 years old, becoming the organization’s youngest member. Gomez traveled overseas to oversee the clean water and education UNICEF was providing the country’s children, as Ghana suffers from a high child mortality rate.
“I’m very blessed to have a lot of fans, and basically my goal is to use my voice to educate them on all of these things,” the now-25-year-old singer said in the video below. “Kids want to help; you just need to tell them how.”
She granted Ella’s wish through Make-A-Wish International.
Gomez is no stranger to the Make-A-Wish Foundation: In fact, by 2013, the singer-actress had granted over 90 wishes and was awarded the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award that year.
In 2012, she met Ella, one of her superfans from the United Kingdom who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. As the two played Xbox together, Gomez dished on why she loves the international organization. “They just make kids that are going through something that may be difficult for not just them, but for the whole family, and put a really wonderful smile on their face,” she said in the comforting video below.
Gomez notes the kids are “the biggest honor” of the program, including Ella whom she called “really sweet.”
Levine Children’s Hospital patients got a surprise visit from the Stars Dance artist.
Gomez is an ambassador for almost any organization that involves children, and that’s not excluding the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. The star took a pitstop at Seacrest Studios in Charlottesville, N.C., during her Stars Dance Tour in 2013, to speak to the patients at Levine Children’s Hospital.
She let the kids ask her silly questions, like “Would you ever date a fan?” and “Have you ever skipped school?” Gomez said she appreciates her partnership with Ryan Seacrest because “I can use my platform and just be able to make kids smile and take them out of their world for a second.”
The “Love You Like a Love Song” singer jammed out to the track with a six-year-old fan.
Possibly one of the most heartwarming moments of Gomez’s career is when she sang and danced to her 2011 hit “Love You Like a Love Song” with a six-year-old fan while backstage at her 2016 Revival tour.
The Hotel Transylvania actress paired up with her co-star Andy Samberg to answer the cutest video questions from kids.
Ahead of their Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation premiere in 2018, Gomez (Mavis), Samberg (Johnny) and the cast sat down for video interviews with the young fans of the Hotel Transylvania film franchise. And some of the questions were quite juicy: five-year-old Caoimhe asked, “Who would you bite if you were a vampire?”
Gomez answered her best friend Courtney, commenting, “She’s going down with me.” She also responded to five-year-old Declan’s “favorite monster” question with a fairly biased answer. “Dracula, you know, that’s my pops,” she said, alluding to her character in the film.
She captured picture-perfect moments with kids at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Oncology Prom.
Patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County definitely had a night to remember when Gomez appeared at their 17th annual Oncology Prom in 2018. She posed with the kids in the photo booth while decked out in a black-and-white polka dot dress and a red flower in her hair.
Gomez kindly asked a Children’s Mercy Hospital patient to sign her program during the Big Slick event this June.
The “Hands to Myself” songstress acted super respectful toward the kids at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., while attending the 10th annual Big Slick Celebrity fundraiser. While coloring with one of the young patients, Gomez asked if she could sign her program -- and was granted her approval. She didn’t shy away from striking up a conversation with the girl’s mom.
Gomez assured kids they’re “going to change the world” at this past August’s WE Day Special.
The star continues to recognize kids with huge goals for making the world a better place. Attendees of the 2019 WE Day Special spoke about their activism, from helping homeless veterans to recycling in their communities, and Gomez dropped by -- unbeknownst to them -- to speak more about their initiatives.
“These kids are pouring their hearts out, and I can’t wait to meet them all,” she said in the video below. During her surprise meet-up, the humanitarian handed out VIP passes to the promising kids.