This month, BTS graces the cover of TIME for Kids with an article on how the group is inspiring fans all around the world to support good causes. In honor of this prestigious feature, let’s celebrate some of the many times ARMY has given back to the community and helped those in need.
These projects only represent a small fraction of the good work ARMY has done around the world, but they definitely show just how the BTS fandom can be a powerful force for good.
1. When ARMY helped hungry children in the UK
Most recently, Magic Breakfast was overwhelmed as ARMY donated enough money to provide over 40,000 meals to hungry children in the UK. The project was started as a way to say thank you to James Corden after BTS appeared on The Late Late Show.
Wonderful #BTSArmy @BTS_twt you have raised over £13,000 which will fund 44,000 Magic Breakfasts! Charity knows no borders. Look at where the donations have come from, 65 countries!💜 #BTSxCorden @OneInAnARMY Thank you💜 pic.twitter.com/vJe88Lbo6N
— Magic Breakfast (@magic_breakfast) January 31, 2020
2. When ARMY helped students in Busan
To support disadvantaged students wishing to attend Jimin’s old school, Busan High School of Arts, one ARMY organized enough donations to provide 20 teenagers with scholarships.
I’m excited to say another 10 scholarships will be given to students from low-income families at Jimin’s alma mater Busan High School of Arts making it a total of 20 Park Jimin scholarships so far! 🥳#JIMIN #지민#ParkJiminScholarship #BTS #방탄소년단 @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/33NQRryjmx
— Invictus (@Invictus1013) January 23, 2020
3. When ARMY donated blood
In December 2019, over 500 BTS fans in Korea donated blood to children with leukemia.
The Korean Children's Leukemia Center has recognized 553 ARMY who donated blood in honor of BTS Jin's birthday
— mes #TeamPinky (@OH_mes2) December 4, 2019
This wasn’t the first time ARMY donated blood, and it probably won’t be the last.
There were more than 750 people who visited but 585 people were able to donate. The Seoul Central Blood Institute of the Korean Red Cross thanks local fans + pic.twitter.com/DWkzIQU2Yn
— Jim-in | #ThankYouJimin (@__jim_in) October 14, 2018
4. When ARMY helped provide food around the world
One ARMY fanbase successfully organized a very ambitious project for the Love Yourself tour: collecting food, blanket, and toiletry donations at tour stops all around the world.
We'd like to recognize all the hard work that YOU, #AnpanARMY, put into donating food/blankets, writing kind notes for staff, cleaning up, & more during #BTSLYTour! Thank you ARMY & organizers!#AnpanARMYxCitifield#AnpanARMYxLondon#AnpanARMYxAmsterdam
soon. #AnpanARMYxBerlin💜 pic.twitter.com/XU5oN8P2R7
— One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project 💜🐯📸 (@OneInAnARMY) October 16, 2018
5. When ARMY helped provide clean water
The same fanbase has supported numerous monthly charity projects, including one aimed at providing biosand filters to families in need of clean water.
💜Welcome to the #OneInAnARMY July campaign! 💜
This month we will be supporting Thirst Relief, an organization that provides clean water to families in need. Donate here: https://t.co/TPCZlVrrHF
Our hashtag is #ThirstRelief_July, please see the information below!💜 pic.twitter.com/jOw4br4Kqj
— One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project 💜🐯📸 (@OneInAnARMY) July 1, 2018
6. When ARMY helped children in the Philippines
For Jimin’s birthday, ARMY in the Philippines were able to raise enough money to provide 200 disadvantaged children with lunches, school supplies, and snacks.
Happy Birthday Park Jimin!🎉
In celebration of Jimin’s birthday, we have distributed packed lunch, school supplies and snacks to over 200 children in Smokey Mountain. 💛
— Kim Namjoon PH (@KimNamjoonPHL) October 13, 2018
7. When ARMY helped orphaned children in Pakistan
For Jimin’s birthday, an ARMY fanbase in Pakistan collected donations for Dar-ul-Sakoon, an orphanage for children with special needs and disabilities.
🐥💛JIMIN BIRTHDAY CHARITY PROJECT 💛🐥
Today our team & volunteers visited Dar-ul-Sukun to hand over the donations.
We want to thank our volunteers for joining us.
Thank you to the donors for becoming their serendipity.💐#SmilesForJimin #JiminSerendipity @BTS_twt @DarulSukun7 pic.twitter.com/A9RbEJaZTl
— BTS Pak Official⁷ l 🇵🇰 (@bts_pk_official) October 19, 2018
8. When ARMY helped refugee and street children
Again for Jimin’s birthday, one of his global fanbases organized donations for Mind Leap, a charity that helps get children off the streets in post-conflict and developing countries.
Give youth a better chance to live & grow.🌸
— Jimin Global 🌎 (@JiminGlobal) October 1, 2018
9. When ARMY helped children with burn injuries
For Jungkook’s birthday, fans in Peru made a donation to Aniquem to help provide treatment for children who have suffered serious burns.
— Jungkook Perú⁷ 정무행알! 💜3💜 (@JK_Peru) August 31, 2018
10. When ARMY raised money for earthquake relief
Gili Eco Trust sent BTS and ARMY a huge thank you after fans were able to help raise $20,000 USD for Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia. The money helped rebuild and restore the island after three major earthquakes struck.
And because you, ARMY, are LEGENDS who stan the legends known as #BTS, @giliecotrust sent an email to Big Hit and the boys thanking them for their positive influence which gave ARMY the hearts to do this!
THEY EVEN INVITED THE BOYS TO COME VISIT GILI AND SEE WHAT ARMY DID! 😮💜 pic.twitter.com/IKOaSfHhjM
— One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project 💜🐯📸 (@OneInAnARMY) October 13, 2018
11. When ARMY helped fund libraries in China
Chinese ARMY donated a staggering 8875 books to build charitable school libraries in China. The first library in Sichuan Province could only hold 2000 books, so the fanbase pledged to fund a further 3 libraries using the excess donations.
Finally! Sep. 28th, #CarmyANPANcampaign project launched our first charity library 「防弹少年团公益图书室」in a primary school in Mianyang, Sichuan Province!
The library holds 2000 pieces of books. All the required fund was donated by #CarmyANPANcampaign @BTS_twt #btsarmy
— BTS-CAFAS (@BTSCAFAS) October 26, 2018
12. When ARMY helped fund a library in Peru
An ARMY fanbase in Peru has also helped support children to read, donating a number of books to a school library in Huanuco in RM’s name.
📚Donation of books to “Heroes de Jactay” school library in Huanuco, Peru on behalf of Kim Namjoon.
Project by @BTSHuanucoPe, @RM_Peru & @BTS_Peru. 🇵🇪@BTS_twt ✨#RMGalaxyDay #김남준아니면알엠 #굿나잇11시김남준 #아렘형 #냄쥰 pic.twitter.com/fyKWr2ZrB6
— RM Perú⁷❄️🌸 (@RM_Peru) September 11, 2018
13. When ARMY helped the LGBTQ+
To help transgender, non-binary, and other LGBTQ+ people feel safe in their identities, ARMY helped donate to a trans clothing drive.
Our #AnpanARMY are out here today doing a Trans Clothing Drive to provide transgender, non-bindary, and other LGBT+ people with the clothing and accessories they need to feel safe, happy, and valid.
And ofc we had BTS on the playlist! 🔊
ARMY 💜s LGBT+ community! pic.twitter.com/ewKncCGQ1R
— J. | Fanboy | wonho support (@JinCrazed) October 17, 2018
14. When ARMY helped animals in Vietnam
An ARMY fanbase in Vietnam was able to donate over $500 to an animal rescue and care center in the country. In Vietnamese dong, the amount was 13 million VND—honoring Jimin’s birthday on October 13.
🌜🎵Moony Lullaby 🎵🌛
Part 3: Donate For Animal Rescue & Care in Vietnam
Jimin was borned with an agelic heart, he loves animal so we want to transmit his love by donating for A.C.R in Vietnam. We donated 13.000.000 VND (~ 557$) (13 is Jiminday)#지민 #JIMIN @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/uL0KZzTSvt
— Live For JIMIN's Vocal – BTS JIMIN's Fanbase in VN (@lfjvheaven) October 19, 2018
15. When ARMY fought food waste
As part of a charity effort in the UK, BTS fans helped fight food waste and tackle hunger by donating food to FareShare, which was redistributed to charities across the country.
Many FareShare supporters may not have heard of BTS before – but can you help being a fan now? Our thanks again to all #BTS fans for their generosity & incredible donations. We're still dancing! #ThrowbackThursday #TBT https://t.co/0iuaJTkkI5 @BTSUKUNITE @OneInAnARMY 🤩💜🙌 pic.twitter.com/wOrZd6dquN
— FareShare (@FareShareUK) October 18, 2018
16. When ARMY donated to UNICEF
BTS aren’t the only ones who have supported UNICEF. ARMY has too. An Indian fanbase once made a donation in Jimin’s name.
The certificate will be sent to @BigHitEnt on behalf of "BTS INDIAN ARMYs!"
— BTS INDIA FANBASE 🇮🇳 [rest] (@BTSIndiaFanbase) October 13, 2018
17. When ARMY helped build an eco-friendly school
For RM’s birthday, hundreds of BTS fans were able to raise enough money to build a 3-classroom middle school in Guatemala from recycled materials. The new building will support 52 students.
Hey ARMY, guess what?? It's finally…
For Namjoon's birthday, 645 ARMYs have raised 💲7,935 to build a school for 👦52 students👧 using recycled materials♻️
— One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project 💜🐯📸 (@OneInAnARMY) October 24, 2019