The Weeknd Has Donated $1 Million to Coronavirus Relief Efforts
The Weeknd (full name Abel Tesfaye) is once again opening up his wallet for a good cause.
Variety reports that the musician has donated $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts, with $500,000 going to MusiCares and the other half to to the front-line hospital workers of Scarborough Health Network, the hospital network in the Ontario city where he was raised.
"I was raised in Scarborough and felt it was important to give back to the community that raised me during the hard times of this pandemic," he said in a statement obtained by Variety.
According to the outlet, he also brought back a line of face masks themed for his XO company, and all of the proceeds from sales will be donated to COVID-19 relief, with the artist matching every dollar raised.
He shared a screenshot of the announcement, writing, "Massive thanks to the fans for buying the xo masks and doing your part in helping fight Covid. I promised to match what was sold. We need to keep fighting. Also a big shout out to everyone in Scarborough!"
Earlier this month, The Weeknd donated $500,000 to Black Lives Matter causes, splitting $200,0000 to Black Lives Matter Global Network, $200,000 to Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights campaign, and $100,000 to National Bail Out.
"Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives," he wrote at the time. "Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it's a small amount."