Ellen’s Greatest Night Of Giveaways – The Most Feel-Good Event Of The Year

Michael Rozman

Hopefully you all know by now that Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most generous, kindhearted, amazing people in show business. She deliberately leads by example, believing that in a world where there is so much negativity, it’s important to lift people up.
“People are more alike than they are different and if we show each other compassion, the world can be a better place,” she says. “Plus, I think the kindness you put out into the world comes back to you like a boomerang, and there’s no fear of it hitting you in the face.”

When Ellen came to her team wishing to do more for people who really deserve it, they took her idea and ran with it. The result is a three-night, happy-tears TV special, where Ellen and a slew of her celebrity friends surprise people with life-changing gifts in Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways.

“These are people who’ve been through unbelievable loss and have overcome some tragedies in their life or have just been dealt a bad hand, and all they do is they’re resilient and they grow from it and they still love,” tells Kevin Leman, one of the executive producers and a major creative genius behind Ellen’s shows. “We wanted to just spoil those people beyond their wildest dreams, truly life-changing surprises.” (They also go “bonkers” with the studio audience.)

Since Ellen has become synonymous with generosity, producers have no shortage of individuals needing help. A problem occurred when Ellen didn’t want to choose who to help, as she wanted to help them all, which turned the original one-hour event into three nights.

“We had this great guy in Oakland, Calif., who does an after-school program for children, but it’s all done through boxing. It is truly a safe haven for these kids in a very rough neighborhood. They are all, obviously, huge fans of Steph Curry. So, Steph and Ayesha show up — I cannot tell you how big this gold truck is, with Ellen’s face wearing a Santa hat — the truck pulls up at his gym and they just fill his gym with new equipment. They brought individual presents for all the kids who are there, so they all get something to open this Christmas.”

As for some of Ellen’s favorites? “It’s hard to pick a favorite because they’re all so amazing, but I’ll tell you this,” Ellen teases. “In one segment we do a surprise reunion, plus a giveaway that will knock your socks off. Luckily for the recipient of the giveaway, he can put those socks in a drawer in the brand-new house we gave him.”

The show’s format combines field and set segments, and features celebs like Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr., Melissa McCarthy, Michael B. Jordan and many others.

In one of the set segments, Ellen gives a non-monetary gift that is equally as life-changing. “We found this family where the kids are huge fans of Justin Timberlake. And, oh gosh, I can’t really talk about this one because I cry too much,” Leman tearfully shares. “[Justin] surprised a family whose dad was diagnosed with ALS. He has three adult children and as a dad, of course, all you’re going to worry about is what’s going to happen later in life for your kids. So, Justin comes out and we get to show the dad that we’re giving each of his kids something monumental that will change their lives. It was so awesome.

“I cannot tell you how much Kleenex you’re going to need for this program,” Leman concludes. “I can’t imagine watching this show and not taking away a little bit of how much you need to cherish your family, cherish what’s good in your life and pay forward any good that you have. Those people that honk their horn at you the second the light turns green, after watching this show, I guarantee they’re going to stop doing that.”


  1. Love the show! What a wonderful thing to do for so many folks at Christmas time. Ellen is the best! I also love the Christmas song playing in the background. Can you tell me the name of the song and the artist performing it please? Thank you!

    • Thank you Ellen!! Many times people in crisis feel lost and alone. To pay off a bill or give a dying child some cheer before tragedy strikes can help bring hope and ways to pas on to others.What perfect time to let people see how love is the Real Deal. Giving hope and inspiration to show people how being kind is a Real gift. We are here to serve. When you can we all need to find ways of sharing to all in need. Hopefully more people will see the good first instead of putting money and things before the lives of others.
      Merry Christmas in the True sprit of giving, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings. There is a little nine year old boy who needs Hope because his heart transplant is failing. William Sidebottom 1595 Nottingham Street Asheboro, North Carolina 27203. He is asking for Christmas cards from people. Please help him with his wish. Thank you.
      Gwendolyn Cox-Roberts

  2. Thank you for doing amaizing / good things and changing lives for better for the people . We love your show so much . Anita from South Africa

  3. My name is Gladys, I watch Ellen shows every time I can, and her generosity is amazing what a good human been she’s!. I don’t want nothing for me, it’s for my husband Leon who’s 64, he worked his hole life for me and my daughter to attend a Doctor school to have an education, and he doesn’t have money for retirement so he’s planning to keep working to pay the mortgage and the bills, if you can Ellen please help him. Thanks for everything you and the people around You do to make this world a better place. I love you guys!

  4. Ellen love seeing you fill so many peoples life with joy I would love to enter my best f of 20 years into your giveaway this Christmas we are both single mothers and have been there for each other for 20 years she has a young son that loves power rangers I would love for once that he just has a real Christmas she struggles like many but lost her mom of cancer n now this month her cousin would love to just see a smile on there faces I would help if I could by like many I can’t do much

  5. Ellen it is so wonderful to see all the good you do for so many. I know someone that is so deserving. Her name is Alisha she has 2 little boys she is raising on her own. She has put herself through school to get her bachelor degree to give her and her sons a better life. She now works 2 jobs all the while making everything about raising her boys right. Their dad is not in the picture he has been in and out of prison. Her youngest son who is 7 loves you and your show. I don’t know what you could do for her but I know she has debt that keeps her from doing one thing that she wants to do and that is buy her own house.

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