CELEBRITIES ARE RALLYING TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS AS IT SPREADS
Jenner donated $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The charitable move was made following pleas on social media for supplies by Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi, the OB-GYN who reportedly delivered Jenner’s daughter, Stormi Webster.
After schools have closed across the country, leaving many students in-need without meals during the week, Jolie directed a $1 million donation to No Kid Hungry. The organization focuses on ending child hunger in America, and the funds from Jolie’s contribution will go towards meals for children in low-income families across the country. “As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus,” Jolie said. “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.”
Celebrities are also using their businesses to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. Singer and fashion icon Rihanna not only pledged $5 million to relief efforts through her Clara Lionel Foundation, but she also donated personal protection equipment to New York, the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. Governor Andrew Cuomo personally thanked her via Twitter. Rihanna also teamed up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate $4.2 million domestic violence victims affected during this time.
In collaboration with Global Citizen and the World Health Organization, Gaga has curated a star-studded and social-distanced concert that will be televised on April 18. Gaga and Global Citizen have also raised over $35 million to provide health care workers with much needed protective equipment.
The actor and activist partnered with tech-giant Apple and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs to launch America’s Food Fund, which helps support low-income families and others most impacted by the coronavirus. DiCaprio has already raised over $12 million to assist those in need, which includes a generous $1 million donation from Oprah Winfrey.
The singer and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, directed their efforts towards Feeding America and pledged to donate one million meals to a local food bank in Seattle, one of the earliest regions to be struck by COVID-19 in America.
The country icon pivoted her philanthropy towards prevention, donating $1 million towards research for a potential vaccine. Parton’s donation went to the Vanderbilt Institution for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation in her hometown of Nashville, where the singer reported advancements towards a cure were being made.
The Grammy Award-winner has partnered with Fashion Nova to donate $1 million to families impacted by the pandemic. They are giving away $1,000 every hour to those seeking relief as unemployment rates soar and businesses remain closed, until the $1 million is reached. Cardi B has also donated supplement meal beverages to NYC healthcare professionals who may not have time for a proper lunch break amidst the growing number of coronavirus hospitalizations.
Kanye West has teamed up with a Chicago non-profit to help the elderly during the coronavirus pandemic.
Josephine “Mother” Wade, the founder of We Women Empowered, said West made a donation to help support the South Side organization’s goal of delivering three meals a day to residents