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- Celebrities have been donating money amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively pledged $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
- Stephen Curry and Ayesha Curry donated money to the Alameda County Community Food Bank through their foundation, Eat.Learn.Play.
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Amid the pandemic, stars have been using their platforms to spread awareness, whether it’s by sharing videos of themselves washing their hands or advising fans to stay home and practice social distancing. Other celebrities are donating money to various organizations.
Keep reading to learn more about the stars who have contributed to relief efforts.
Donatella Versace and daughter Allegra Versace pledged 200,000 euros to a hospital in Italy.
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“In times like this, it is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines, fighting every day to save hundreds of lives,” Donatella wrote on Instagram.
The designer went on to say that she and her daughter gave money “to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital” located in Milan, Italy.
“This is when we, as a society, need to stand together and care for one another,” she added.
Justin Timberlake donated to Mid-South Food Bank, located in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.
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“This is a crazy time, but remember we’re all in it together. Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need,” the singer tweeted, explaining that the organization “is helping people assemble and deliver non-perishable food in the area.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively said they’re donating $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families. Blake & I are donating $1 million to be split between FEEDING AMERICA and FOOD BANKS CANADA,” Reynolds, who’s from Canada, wrote on Twitter in March.
“If you can give, these orgs need our help,” he added.
The “Deadpool” star also shared some advice for fans.
“Take care of your bodies and hearts,” he said. “Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
Lively shared a similar message on her Instagram account, encouraging people to practice social distancing while still staying connected.
Mint Mobile, a company that the actor bought an ownership stake in, is also offering free unlimited high-speed data for customers from March 15 through April 14. Reynolds shared information regarding the deal on social media.
In addition, Reynolds revealed that Aviation Gin, the alcohol brand that he’s the co-owner of, will be donating 30% of the money from every bottle sold to bartenders who are currently out of a job. The donations will take place through May 1.
Justin Bieber offered “prayers and support” for people in China and revealed that he made a donation.
“Watching the news I couldn’t imagine how scary it would be if a new disease was effecting my wife and my family and friends,” the “Changes” singer wrote on Instagram.
He continued: “China we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support. Whether it be this or the fires of Australia we all need to be there for each other. Shout out to my friend @kriswu for the conversation.”
Stephen Curry and Ayesha Curry donated money to the Alameda County Community Food Bank through their foundation, Eat.Learn.Play.
The NBA star and his wife decided to help children who are being affected by their schools temporarily shutting down, with the goal of providing more than 1 million meals for kids.
“Oakland is closing schools bc of COVID-19. We support this decision but are concerned a/b the 18,000+ kids that rely on school for 2+ meals daily. @eatlearnplay is donating to @ACCFB to ensure every child has access to the food they need. Join us & donate,” Stephen captioned a video shared on Twitter.
He also encouraged fans to “practice social distancing so we can get rid of the spread of this virus as soon as possible” and “flatten the curve.”
“Real Housewives” star Bethenny Frankel’s disaster relief foundation, BStrong, is planning on donating 1 million face masks.
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“Every time there’s a disaster I really hear from my social media followers,” Frankel told radio.com. “They’re all over the world, and they let me know what’s going on quicker than the news for me sometimes. So a couple of people were talking about the masks.”
The reality TV star and entrepreneur went on to say that she’s gotten “over a thousand messages a day” regarding the lack of supplies in the US, which is why she teamed up with suppliers to produce masks.
Frankel also told the publication that the masks will be available soon and distributed to hospitals in need.
Vanessa Hudgens donated to Feeding America.
The singer shared a screenshot of her receipt from the organization and wrote: “It’s a crazy time out there in the world. School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country.”
She added: “Let’s help each other out rather than freaking the f— out. Kk?”
Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams teamed up with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to launch #SAVEWITHSTORIES.
The two stars revealed the news by posting a video on Instagram in March and describing the initiative as “a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books.”
By reading children’s books, the actors are hoping it will inspire followers to donate to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, especially as children are being impacted by school closures due to the spread of the coronavirus.
“Your donation to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry will help make sure schools and community programs have the support they need to keep feeding vulnerable children during the pandemic, as well as provide books, games and other educational materials, along with afterschool and summer programs, to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom,” Garner and Adams wrote in a statement shared on the campaign’s site.
Jimmy Fallon said that he and his family made a donation to Feeding America to “help our most vulnerable populations.”
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“Right now I’m thinking about what we can do to help our most vulnerable populations – children who are losing the one meal they may rely on per day, our friends and family who are facing job issues, the elderly, and low-income families,” the late-night host wrote on Instagram, sharing a screenshot of his donation receipt.
He continued: “My family made a donation to @FeedingAmerica, who are working tirelessly to feed those in need around the country… Please join us. Any donation is GIANT.”
In addition, Fallon started a new show from his house called “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition,” in which he performs monologues, chats wth celebrities, and highlights different charities that viewers can donate to.
Country music star Dierks Bentley closed his Nashville restaurant and said he’ll be giving 90 of his hourly employees $1,000 each “to help in the short run.”
“My heart goes out to all the guys/girls down on Lower Broad. Feels like yesterday that it was me down there working for tips,” the singer wrote before revealing his pledge.
Russell Wilson and Ciara are donating 1 million meals to Food Lifeline.
In a video shared on Instagram, Wilson said that the pandemic is “changing the world second by second, minute by minute.”
“People are losing loved ones,” he said. “The elderly and the young. The people in between. You think about people losing jobs, even in Seattle.”
The athlete continued: “What we’ve decided to do is partner up with our local food bank in Seattle, Seattle Food LifeLine, and we’re gonna donate a million meals [and] hopefully make a difference.”
Ciara also encouraged fans to do their part to help, whether it’s through big or small gestures.
Brad Paisley’s free grocery store in Nashville opened early for people impacted by the coronavirus and will be delivering items to elderly people.
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The Store offers free grocery year-round for people in need and was created by Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
“In light of changing times, @thestore_nashville is mobilizing delivery of a week’s groceries to our elderly neighbors in Edgehill and Berry Hill on Wednesday’s/Thursdays,” Paisley captioned a video shared on Instagram.
Williams-Paisley also shared a video and explained that they were able to open the shop early “due to the hard work of many dedicated volunteers, partners, and donors.”
Kristen Bell donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry, with the help of her two daughters.
“NKH has always been there for kids who need them,” Bell captioned a post shared on Instagram. “They work tirelessly to provide food for the hungry bellies all over this country. I encourage anyone with the means to share to donate as well, any amount helps, so we can get through this together.”
The actress went on to explain that her donation amount is “odd” because daughters Delta and Lincoln, who she shares with husband Dax Shepard, wanted to give money from their own piggy banks.
“Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet said that he’s donating 200,000 meals to Harvesters’ Kansas City location.
“I am donating 200,000 meals to @HarvestersORG in Kansas City,” the actor tweeted, adding that he and girlfriend Lindsay Schweitzer “love our hometown and want to help do what we can.”
He continued: “I’m only posting this to maybe motivate you to do what you can, when you can, if you can, to help vulnerable families in our community during this time.”
Ariana Grande revealed several organizations that she’s supporting and urged fans to contribute if possible.
“While we are doing social distancing and doing the best we can to protect one another my heart hurts for the small businesses, individuals, and families affected by all of this,” Grande wrote on her Instagram story.
“I am supporting all the organizations below and if you are able to, you should too,” the singer said, listing Opportunity Fund, Give Directly, Feeding America, Croce Rossa Italiana, and World Health Organization’s COVID-19 solidarity response fund.
She also told fans on Twitter that she was “looking for ways to help ppl who don’t have it as easily as i do rn.”
“if any of y’all need anything, any help at all pls tell me to check DMs,” Grande added.
According to TMZ, the “Imagine” singer followed through and helped fans financially by sending money through Venmo.
TikTok teamed up with Arnold Schwarzenegger to provide meals for families affected by school closures.
After-School All-Stars, a non-profit organization, was founded by the actor with the goal of offering after-school activities for children.
“Instead of providing after-school programs, we thought it would be cool and great if we could provide food for those families,” Schwarzenegger said in a video shared on TikTok.
“TikTok came along and said, ‘We are the ones that are going to donate the millions of dollars that it takes to feed those families,'” he added.
As part of the collaboration, the program will deliver groceries and gift cards for groceries to families in the US who are in need.
The “Terminator” star also donated $1 million to a GoFundMe fundraiser called Frontline Responders Fund.
“I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better,” he wrote on Instagram. “This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and I’m proud to be part of it.’
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos reportedly donated $1 million to help relief efforts.
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According to People, the New York-based couple donated money “for the purchase of urgently needed ventilators and additionally towards Win,” an organization that provides shelters and housing for families in need in NYC.
According to People, Kanye West donated money to two organizations: Dream Center in LA and We Women Empowered in Chicago.
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“Today when I got that call, that Kanye West wanted to help the elderly in Chicago and he chose his hometown in the Southside, his old neighborhood, I was beyond words,” Wade told the publication.
With the rapper’s donation, the organization will be able to continue delivering meals to elderly people who are unable to leave their homes.
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation donated a total of $5 million to help various organizations
A statement shared on the foundation’s website stated that the money will go to “Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the International Rescue Committee, and others.”
Specifically, the large donation will support “local food banks serving at-risk communities and the elderly in the United States” and provide resources for affected communities, among other goals.
“Breaking Bad” stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston followed Reynolds’ example and said they’ll also be donating profits from their alcohol brand called Dos Hombres.
“Now through May 1, 30% of all proceeds from online orders will benefit the US Bartender’s Guild,” they wrote on Instagram.
Paul and Cranston added: “We encourage all other brands to do so as well. Whatever your choice of drink, let’s all raise a glass to our commitment to #flattenthecurve. Please drink responsibly with none of your closest friends…for now.”
Shawn Mendes donated $175,000 to the SickKids Foundation.
The singer donated through the Shawn Mendes Foundation.
“We have been working to find ways to best support the COVID-19 crisis,” Mendes said. “By making this donation to SickKids, we hope to help provide support in the urgent screening and prevention of COVID-19 for their patients and the surrounding community of Toronto.”
Taylor Swift said that she donated to World Health Organization and Feeding America, among others.
Swift revealed the donations on her Instagram story, telling fans to focus on “what really matters” after her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West was reignited.
“If you have the ability to, please join me in donating during this crisis,” she added.
In addition, several fans who spoke about their financial issues online received private messages from the “Lover” singer, who gave them $3,000 each.
Tennis star Roger Federer and wife Mirka Federer donated 1 million in Swiss Francs to help the “most vulnerable families in Switzerland, the country he’s from.
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These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind,” Roger said in a statement shared on Twitter.
“Our contribution is just a start,” he continued. “We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need.”
Rosie O’Donnell raised $500,000 for The Actors Fund with a one night only show.
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The star brought back “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” online to raise money for those in the entertainment industry as Broadway remains shut down. Her talk show featured appearances and performances from stars like Billy Porter, Jordan Fisher, Idina Menzel, and Neil Patrick Harris.
“The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev donated $10,000 to Frankel’s disaster relief foundation.
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Dobrev said that the money will help to “secure masks and other supplies to the medical professionals on the front lines.”
Billionaire Kylie Jenner donated $1 million to relief efforts.
Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi, a physician and OB-GYN who has delivered babies for several Kardashian-Jenner members (including Jenner), reacted to the donation by sharing a lengthy message on Instagram.
“I made a wish to the Universe to gather protective masks for our brave healthcare workers and today my dream came true,” Aliabadi captioned a side-by-side photo of herself, Jenner, and baby Stormi.
“One of my patients, a beautiful Living Angel just donated $1,000,000 to help us buy hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear which we will have delivered directly to our first responders, as too many masks at hospitals are disappearing before making their way onto the faces of our front line heroes,” she added.
UFC fighter Conor McGregor is donating 1 million Euros worth of protective equipment for hospitals in Ireland.
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McGregor shared screenshots of his private messages with Irish politician Paschal Donoho and revealed that he’s personally stepping up to help those who are in need.
“Where we would be without these brave men and women, I do not know,” the athlete wrote. “May God bless over them and keep them safe.”
Gigi Hadid donated to God’s Love We Deliver, a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers meals to people who are sick.
“They need our help right now to be there for their clients during the coronavirus pandemic,” the model wrote on her Instagram story.
Hadid went on to say that she donated money to the organization to cook meals for others. She also encouraged her followers to do the same.
Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry in order to combat child hunger as schools remain closed.
“As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus,” Jolie said in a press release shared by No Kid Hungry.
She continued: “Many children depend on the care and nutrition they receive during school hours, including nearly 22 million children in America who rely on food support. No Kid Hungry is making resolute efforts to reach as many of those children as possible.”
Selena Gomez is donating a portion of proceeds from her new merch collection to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.