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As the coronavirus pandemic forces the closure of schools and other businesses and the self-isolation of elderly individuals, a number of stars are making sizable donations to those in need and using their platform to encourage others to give back.
Reynolds posted Monday on Instagram that he and his wife, Lively, had donated $1 million to split between the organizations Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families…If you can give, these orgs need our help,” Reynolds wrote in his post. He also added links to the charitable organizations so that his followers can also donate.
He added, “Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
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Lively shared a similar message on her Instagram account. After encouraging social distancing, she joked that her husband didn’t understand the practice. “Now can someone please tell Ryan that ‘social distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing,” she wrote.
Adams and Garner partnered to launch the initiative Save the Stories. Working with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, both Garner and Adams will read stories on social media to fundraise for children that don’t have access to meals during the pandemic.
Garner explained in the launch video that 30 million children rely on school to have meals. “These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom,” the actress captioned the video.
Adams joined Instagram to promote the initiative. She opted to read The Dinosaur Princess, which was written by her daughter and illustrated by her husband, Darren Le Gallo, for her first book. Meanwhile, Garner chose to read The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist and illustrated by Julia Gorton. Reese Witherspoon also joined the initiative by posting a video of her reading “Uni the Unicorn” by Amy Krause Rosenthal and illustrated by Brigette Barrager.
Welcome to @SAVEWITHSTORIES (and please welcome my friend @amyadams to Instagram!)—a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing (without hair and makeup!!) as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between @savethechildren and Share Our Strength’s @nokidhungry (and thank you to our founding publisher, @scholasticinc ). . THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and #SaveTheChildren and #NoKidHungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! . These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. . If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. . Thank you and stay safe. XX #SAVEWITHSTORIES
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Meanwhile, Timberlake announced on Twitter that he planned to donate to Mid-South Food Bank, a charitable organization in Memphis, Tennessee. The organization is part of Feeding America.
“This is a crazy time, but remember we’re all in it together,” Timberlake wrote. “Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need.”
Link below if you’re looking for ways to donate or volunteer in your own community. Stay healthy, stay calm, and help everyone stay fed. Spread the word. @feedingamericahttps://t.co/Ixa3qi6u2G pic.twitter.com/wepfGL4E0N
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) March 15, 2020
Fallon shared that he had donated 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 captioned an Instagram post. “My family made a donation to @FeedingAmerica, who are working tirelessly to feed those in need around the country.”
The Tonight Show host concluded the post by asking his followers to also donate. “Any donation is GIANT,” he wrote.
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. My family made a donation to @FeedingAmerica, who are working tirelessly to feed those in need around the country. http://bit.ly/2vVjLTD Please join us. Any donation is GIANT – and speaking of tirelessly – my man @ChefJoseAndres’ org @WCKitchen is again showing us all what we can be as we work through these weird times. Sending love and thanks. #ChefsForAmerica
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Vanessa Hudgens shared a screenshot of her donation receipt for Feeding America on Instagram. “It’s a crazy time out there in the world,” the actress captioned the post. “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.”
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. Join me in supporting @feedingamerica today. Let’s help each other out rather than freaking the fuck out. Kk? LINK IN BIO
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After closing his Nashville-based bar Whiskey Row, country singer Dierks Bentley pledged to donate $1,000 to each of the 90 hourly employees.
“My heart goes out to all the guys/ girls down on lower Broad. Feels like yesterday that it was me working down there for tips,” he wrote on Instagram.
The post concluded with Bentley encouraging other restaurant owners to help their employees while they are unable to work due to the pandemic. “Let’s make sure we help the folks that help make the music happen,” he wrote.
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Fashion mogul Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra made a donation of 200,000 euros to a 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 on Instagram. “This is why Allegra and I have decided to make a personal donation of 200,000 euros to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital in Milan.”
She added, “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 non-stop in the past weeks in the effort to take care of our loved ones.”
Lady Gaga’s makeup brand Haus Laboratories pledged to donate 20 percent of last week’s profits to food banks in Los Angeles and New York “in order to get food to those affected by the closing of schools and other places that offer this critical resource.”
In the midst of COVID-19, we’ve been thinking a lot about our community.
Stay safe pic.twitter.com/ygxCMnf8WU
— HAUS LABORATORIES (@hauslabs) March 16, 2020
Back in February, Justin Bieber donated to the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation to help children affected by the pandemic.
“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,” Bieber captioned a video of himself announcing the donation in an Instagram post. “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.”
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. 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 eachother. Shout out to my friend @kriswu for the conversation.
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Ciara and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that they partnered with a local food bank in Seattle. “The world needs us ALL. Unprecedented times,” the singer captioned a video of her and Wilson discussing the importance of donating. She added that they are “supporting our local community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine.”
“Let’s all keep the Faith during this time,” the tweet concluded.
The world needs us ALL. Unprecedented times. @DangeRussWilson & I are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine https://t.co/3FlJi9GU2G Rally & support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica
Let’s all keep the Faith during this time pic.twitter.com/kqwkuh50pi
— Ciara (@ciara) March 18, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes shared on Twitter how he planned to help those in need. After he was nominated by Ty Hill to make a donation, he shared that he would contribute 15,000 meals to Harvesters.org. “Let’s keep the support going. @15andMahomies and I are committing $100,000 to organizations in KC affected by this crisis,” he added.
Yessir! You can count me in for 15,000 meals for @HarvestersORG.
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) March 17, 2020
Brad Paisley shared on Instagram that his grocery store called The Store, co-owned with his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley, will offer free delivery services to its elderly customers that live in specific neighborhoods in Nashville.
So, 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. If anyone needs to be included on this list, we urge them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org Also We will continue to operate regular hours 1-7 Th/F 11-5 Sat for walk ins but please bring ID and either proof of income, proof of residence, or statement of unemployment for our recently unemployed neighbors. #nashvillestrong
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Eric Stonestreet donated 200,000 meals to Harvesters.org in Kansas City. “Lindsay and I love our hometown and want to help do what we can. 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,” the Modern Family actor wrote on Twitter.
I am donating 200,000 meals to @HarvestersORG in Kansas City. Lindsay and I love our hometown and want to help do what we can. 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.
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) March 19, 2020
Kristen Bell shared on Instagram that her family donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry. She wrote that the organization “has always been there for kids who need them. They work tirelessly to provide food for the hungry bellys (sic) all over this country.”
The actress explained that the specific amount is due to her daughters wanting to help. After they overheard her making the donation, they “asked if they could also donate the money from their piggy bank. I couldn’t have been prouder to add that extra, and important 7 dollars and 96 cents.”
NKH has always been there for kids who need them. They work tirelessly to provide food for the hungry bellys 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 reason the number is odd, is because when my kids overheard me making the donation, they asked if they could also donate the money from thier piggy bank. I couldnt have been prouder to add that extra, and important 7 dollars and 96 cents.) #Repost @nokidhungry with @make_repost ??? We’re BEYOND grateful to our friend and #HungerHero @kristenanniebell for her gift of $150,007.96! Thank you for helping us send out even more grants to schools and community groups working to feed kids during the #COVID19 outbreak.
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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos donated $1 million to be split between the New York Governor’s Office to help purchase more ventilators and WIN, a New York City-based organization that runs shelters and supportive housing units.
“We’re so grateful @kellyripa & @instasuelos for your incredible generosity during this crisis,” WIN tweeted. “This has a HUGE impact on the women & kids who make up 70% of NYC’s #homeless. On behalf of the thousands of moms & children we serve thank you!”
AMAZING: we’re so grateful @kellyripa & @instasuelos for your incredible generosity during this crisis. This has a HUGE impact on the women & kids who make up 70% of NYC’s #homeless. On behalf of the thousands of moms & children we serve thank you! https://t.co/rbkJVvRyjt @people
— Win (@WINNYC_ORG) March 20, 2020
Jessica Alba announced that her Honest Company donated 3 million diapers, 20,000 personal care products and 30,000 wipes to Baby2Baby. The organization provides supplies to babies without diapers, formula and more essential products.
“Snuggling with my littles feeling grateful and emotional as we’ve been adjusting to this new normal -I can’t help but think of all the families with babies & young children who aren’t getting what they need to get by,” Alba wrote on Instagram. “My company @honest pledged today to donate 3M diapers 20k personal care products and 30k wipes to @baby2baby -but the need for these families includes so much more. Go to link in bio to help those who are struggling most.”
Snuggling with my littles feeling grateful and emotional as we’ve been adjusting to this new normal -I can’t help but think of all the families with babies & young children who aren’t getting what they need to get by -My company @honest pledged today to donate 3M diapers 20k personal care products and 30k wipes to @baby2baby -but the need for these families includes so much more. Go to link in bio to help those who are struggling most. #staysafe #practicekindness #sendinglove to you all
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Jon Bon Jovi helped out by washing dishes at JBJ Soul Kitchen, his New Jersey nonprofit community restaurant that services both paying and in-need customers.
The restaurant’s menu does not have prices, but instead allows customers to pay what they are able to or to volunteer.
“If you can’t do what you do… do what you can,” the singer captioned a photo of him washing dishes on Instagram.
Rihanna’s foundation donated $5 million to a number of organizations to assist with coronavirus relief efforts.
The Clara Lionel Foundation announced the donation in a statement. “When we first began this year, never could we have imagined how (the coronavirus) would so dramatically alter our lives,” the foundation said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, this pandemic will affect us all. And for the world’s most vulnerable, the worst may be yet to come.”
Some of the organizations that the foundation donated to include Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the International Rescue Committee.
We’ve responded to COVID-19 by distributing $5 million in grants to @PartnersInHealth @DirectRelief @FeedingAmerica @RescueOrg @WHO and #Barbados to prepare communities w/ critical protective gear, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across multiple countries and regions. #CLF #HealthcareHeroes : Partners in Health
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Christian Siriano vowed on Twitter to make masks following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the state needs medical equipment.
“I have a whole sewing team still on staff working from home that can help,” the designer wrote.
If @NYGovCuomo says we need masks my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help.
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) March 20, 2020
Elon Musk is supplying hospitals with over 250,000 N95 masks. Additionally, Musk said that he will soon have more than 1,000 ventilators to donate.
Just had a long engineering discussion with Medtronic about state-of-the-art ventilators. Very impressive team!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 21, 2020
March 18, 9:17 a.m. This story has been updated with initiatives from Ciara and Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes and Brad Paisley.
March 19, 10:15 a.m. This story has been updated with donations from Eric Stonestreet and Kristen Bell.
March 23, 8:14 a.m. This story has been updated with donations from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Jessica Alba, Jon Bon Jovi, Rihanna, Christian Siriano and Elon Musk.
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