Amid the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, many celebrities have pooled in their efforts to donate to hospitals and organizations. The United States has the highest number of reported cases in the world and panic has been at an all-time high, leaving many underprivileged groups in rough waters. Here are all the different ways celebrities have offered their assistance during this pandemic.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds announced on Instagram that they donated $1 million to be split among two charities, Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, which help to feed elderly adults and low-income families. Lively emphasized in her post the importance of self quarantining and connecting through FaceTime and Skype. She also joked, “Now can someone just tell Ryan that ‘emotional distancing’ from his mother-in-law is not a thing. Nothing can save him.”
Taylor Swift has been scouring her social media and helping fans that are sharing their financial burdens which have placed themselves and their families in jeopardy. She has gifted a handful of fans $3,000 along with a personal note on their PayPal, sympathizing with the anxiety and stress they’re experiencing.
“Erin, I saw your tweets about the financial and emotional stress you’re under right now, and it made me want so badly to help. I’m so sorry about your job and the uncertainty of what’s going on right now. I hope this gift of $3000 will help. I loved meeting you in New York, and I hope you’re safe and healthy! Your pal, Taylor,” Swift wrote to a fan.
“Literally how is this an actual thing that has happened??? I will shut up never, I’m so grateful for this woman,” Erin responded on Twitter.
Holly, another fan she donated to, also expressed gratitude for Swift saying, “This beautiful magical unbelievable human. I don’t even know where to begin.”
“I’m shaking and crying and just fell over a rug in my rush to ask my brother if Taylor’s message was real,” India, yet another fan who Swift lent her hand to, wrote on Twitter.
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation donated $5 million to several organizations contributing to relief efforts in places like the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa. Her foundation partnered with Direct Relief, Partners in Health, Feeding America and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The money is also going toward providing hospital workers with protective gear and respiratory supplies in countries like Malawi and Haiti.
Rihanna’s efforts were much appreciated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), who said on Twitter, “We’re so appreciative of your help and that of so many others who have stepped up.”
Kylie Jenner donated $1 million to Los Angeles hospitals, allowing them to buy thousands of more masks and protective gear. Jenner’s doctor wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram, saying “You are my hero. This generous donation will help save many precious lives.”
Pop hitmaker Lizzo sent food to 26 hospitals across the country. “She sent several hospitals food that were hit really hard for staff working around the clock,” the musician’s publicist said to The Seattle Times. The singer posted a montage on her Instagram of hospital workers enjoying the lunches she provided for them.
Relief doesn’t always come in the form of money or food. Lizzo also hosted a 30-minute long meditation session on her Instagram in efforts to promote healing.
Last but not least, Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams have launched a charity called Save with Stories, in which they read books to children and help provide food that they previously relied on schools for. The actresses partnered with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to support children that have been impacted by school closures.
The list of celebs that have given back during this time doesn’t end here. Many others have come up with different ways to help each other and offer support, whether it is monetary or emotional, and are trying to make things easier for those that have been gravely impacted.
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