The ups and downs of the last 10 years have been marked by dozens of generous acts that have inspired others, helped those in need and set a standard for celebrities, the wealthy and the rest of us to live by.

Here is a slide show of the Huffington Post’s 10 most generous moments of the decade.

Among the ten are these:

Dave Eggers’ 826 Valencia
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Housing Katrina Victims
Iowa Town Gives Clean Water to African Town
Foreclosure Angel Buys Home for Stranger
Oprah Winfrey Builds Girls’ School in S. Africa
Warren Buffett Gives Away Fortune
Bono’s work on behalf of Africa

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