Here's How Celebrities Are Helping Those Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic
Plus ways you can donate your time and resources to the relief effort.
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OK, yes, some celebrities haven’t had the most constructive responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but (most of) their hearts are in the right place. When they aren’t busy FaceTime-harmonizing to John Lennon songs, some Famous People have been leading an economic and social charge to assist those affected by the virus.
Read on below to see how your famous faves are affecting change amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and how you can help alongside them.
Joining her younger sister Kylie Jenner in aiding coronavirus relief efforts, Kim Kardashian's shapewear brand, SKIMS, pledged to donate $1 million to support families affected by COVID-19, with funds directly going to mothers and children in need.
“On Monday, we’re restocking the collection we first launched with, and in doing so, are able to help bring relief to those affected by this pandemic,” Kardashian shared on Instagram. “Our six-month anniversary has fallen in the middle of a global crisis so more than ever, it’s our responsibility to give back and do what we can to help others.”
Kylie Jenner has reportedly donated $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts. TMZ reports the money will go toward buying face masks, face shields and other protective gear to be used by healthcare.
Thais Aliabadi, a doctor who delivered Jenner's daughter, Stormi, told TMZ, "I have never felt more blessed to be a doctor, as helping our brave ER and ICU workers feels just as gratifying as helping my own patients. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU Kylie Jenner. You are my hero. This generous donation will help save many precious lives. Our world is a better place with you in it. I love you so much."
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
The actor couple donated $500,000 to Feeding America and $500,000 to Food Banks Canada. “Sending so much love,” Lively wrote on Instagram, joking, “Now can someone please tell Ryan that ‘emotional distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing.”
Kristen Bell, Lincoln Shepard, and Delta Bell Shepard
Bell (with a $7.96 contribution from her 5 and 6-year-old daughters) donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry. " I encourage anyone with the means to share to donate as well, any amount helps, so we can get through this together," the actress wrote.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
A source told People that the talk show host and her actor husband have donated $1 million to relief efforts, which was divided between the New York Governor’s Office and WIN, which runs 11 shelters for women and children in N.Y.C.
Mother Monster’s beauty brand, Haus Laboratories, announced they’d be donating 20% of profits from last week’s sales to food banks in N.Y.C. and L.A.
In February, the singer made a $29,000 donation to the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation to assist children affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in China.
The singer revealed on Twitter that he’d donated to the Mid-South Food Bank, a branch of Feeding America. “Stay healthy, stay calm, and help everyone stay fed. Spread the word,” he wrote.
The late night talk show host made a donation to Feeding America. “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,” he wrote.
After offending the masses with a tone deaf Instagram Live video about the crisis, Hudgens stepped up and donated to Feeding America. “Let’s help each other out rather than freaking the f–k out. Kk?” she suggested.
Donatella and Allegra Versace
The designer and her socialite daughter donated €200,000 to the ICU at San Raffaele hospital in Milan. “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,” Versace wrote in a statement on Instagram. “Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this disease and to all the doctors and medical staff who have been working heroically nonstop in the past weeks in the effort to take care of our loved ones.”
The Italian influencer and her rapper husband Fedez donated €100,000 euros to a GoFundMe campaign they started to benefit hospitals in Milan. The GoFundMe has since surpassed its goal of raising €4,000,000.
The singer's nonprofit organization, Clara Lionel Foundation, is donating $5 million to coronavirus response efforts across the globe. The contribution will support Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee and World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, as well as others.
“CLF is supporting on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of disaster response especially those focused on protecting and serving marginalized communities – helping the most vulnerable in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa prepare for what is to come,” the foundation said in a statement.
The actress said she would donate $1 million to support programs dedicated to feeding children. In a statement she said, "As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus. 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."
The director of The Farewell picked up unopened N95 masks around L.A. to donate to a local ER in need.
Ciara and Russell Wilson
The singer and her Seattle Seahawks quarterback husband donated 1 million meals to their community via Food Lifeline.
The chef and World Central Kitchen founder repurposed several of his restaurants in N.Y.C. and Washington D.C. into community kitchens for those in need.
Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, The Resident
These medical dramas are donating unused supplies — including gloves, gowns, and masks — to hospitals and fire stations in need.
Frozen fave Josh Gad helped did his part for the working parents by virtually reading their children books.
The actor encouraged everyone to stay at home, igniting a social media movement with the hashtag #IStayHomeFor (his is wife Kyra Sedgwick).
The singer and flutist led a mediation session for her fans. "A meditation and mantra to promote healing during this global crisis," the "Truth Hurts" performer wrote.