Here's How Celebrities Are Helping Those Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic
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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.
Amal and George Clooney
The Clooneys have donated upwards of $1 million, split between six different organizations affected by the pandemic or providing relief efforts: $250,000 each to The Motion Picture and Television Fund, the SAG-AFTRA Fund, and the Los Angeles Mayors Fund. An additional $300,000 has been allocated to the Lebanese Food Bank, Lombardo Italy Region, and the NHS.
The Hilton Foundation, established in 1944 by Paris Hilton and Nicky Rothschild's great-grandfather Conrad N. Hilton, announced a donation of $10 million on Wednesday. In a press release, the organization explained that "about half" of the staggering donation will go toward assisting the Los Angeles homeless population in this time of crisis, while the other half will be "focused on helping African countries prepare for a pending outbreak." Charities receiving aid from the Hiltons include Brilliant Corners, California Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Shining Hope for Communities Inc., The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, and UNICEF.
Kate Upton and Justin Verlander
With the MLB still paying its players amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander agreed to donate the baseball pro's paychecks to a different nonprofit organization each week.
In a video posted to Instagram, the couple expanded upon their decision. “Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended,” Justin wrote alongside the clip. “@kateupton and I have decided to donate those funds to a different organization each week so that we can support their efforts and highlight the great work they’re doing during the COVID-19 crisis.”
He continued: “Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home.”
After revealing she and her three-year-old son, Jameson, were diagnosed with coronavirus, the singer pledged to donate $1 million to fight the pandemic. Half of the funds will go to Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in honor of her mother, Judy Moore, "who worked there for 18 years." Meanwhile, another $500,000 will be reserved for the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
"THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones," she wrote on Instagram. "You are our heroes!"
The actor, along with businesswoman Laurene Powell Jobs, chipped in money to launch America's Food Fund, to help the most at-risk people during the pandemic.
"In the face of this crisis, organizations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feed the most vulnerable people in need. I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support," DiCaprio said in a statement.
DiCaprio and Jobs contributed a joint $5 million to the fund.
Oprah's The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation (OWCF) has donated $3 million to relief efforts in South Los Angeles. The money will go to South LA Forward, which was established to provide fresh food to feed 80,000 Los Angeles residents and to provide 200 scholarships to those who lost their jobs because of the pandemic.
"As I continue to seek out ways to support underserved communities, I was struck by the unique multi-layered approach to effect real change to the systematic barriers of access to healthy food, quality health care and educational opportunities," she said in a statement about the organization.
Oprah has also pledged $1 million to America's Food Fund, as well as $10 million overall to "help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up."
The pop star made an undisclosed donation to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, sharing her personal experience with the hospital in a tweet: "So thankful for every single medical professional who is putting their health on the line to take care of others. I’m donating to @CedarsSinai as they are low on masks and ventilators. They’ve taken such good care of me so it’s my turn to show my gratitude."
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."
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The tennis champion has teamed up with t-shirt company Bella+Canvas, the National School Board Association and Scholastic to donate 4.25 million face masks to schools in the U.S. The initiative will also provide educational materials about masks to 54 million students and all 115,00 schools in the United States.
The reality star purchased groceries for elderly Los Angeles residents at local stores, including Trader Joe's and Ralphs. She also bought gift cards for more than 200 employees at these supermarkets as a way to thank them for their efforts.
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.
The businesswoman and reality star is using her BStrong initiative to provide for healthcare workers and other people in need during the pandemic. Her contributions include thousands of surgical masks, one million hazmat suits, and "corona kits" (which are comprised of masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and other essentials). BStrong has also raised money to aid parents who can't afford lunches for their children.
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.