As the novel coronavirus pandemic persists, celebs like Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Kylie Jenner and more have donated to help those in need. Here is how the stars have made a difference during the current crisis.
With financial resources at their disposal, these stars are doing their part to make a major difference during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s donating directly to organizations or providing information and resources for their social media followers, a number of stars have made an effort to make a difference. Here, we’re taking a look at what a few celebs have done to alleviate the financial burdens and stresses of a number of medical professionals and citizens.
On March 31, after her initial donations to various charities, Rihanna‘s Clara Lionel Foundation donated another $1 million to COVID-19 response efforts that will be matched by rapper JAY-Z’s equally thoughtful donation from his Shawn Carter Foundation. The total $2 million will support undocumented workers, the children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles. This is the second large donation that Rihanna has made amid the coronavirus pandemic. On March 23, the singer’s foundation donated $5 million to various organizations to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The money went to a number of worthy groups, including Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the International Rescue Committee, among others.
Taylor Swift is one of many stars who is also making a difference for those struggling during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The “Lover” songstress, 30, has been quietly giving upwards of $3,000 away to complete strangers who need help either paying their rent, bills, or buying groceries and other necessities during the strenuous lockdowns and stand stills in various parts of the world. Although Taylor hasn’t publicly commented on her philanthropy, fans have taken screenshots of Taylor’s messages to them, thanking her for the tremendous support. Much Like Taylor, singer Ariana Grande has also been extending financial aid to her fans on the down low. The “Thank U, Next” singer, 26, used Venmo and other resources to send her fans anywhere between $500-$1,500 to help cover various needs during this time.
[Shutterstock].On March 25, 22-year-old mogul Kylie Jenner made a $1 million donation to a Los Angeles physician in order for the money to be spent on face masks and other protective gear for those working on the front lines of this global crisis. Kylie’s personal physician, Dr. Thais Aliabadi revealed in her emotional statement on Instagram, “I made a wish to the Universe to gather protective masks for our brave healthcare workers and today my dream came true.” Because of Kylie’s donation, “hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear” would be made available to healthcare workers, and would be “delivered directly to our first responders, as too many masks at hospitals are disappearing before making their way onto the faces of our front line heroes.”
Also on March 25, Oscar winner Angelina Jolie made a $1 million donation to No Kid Hungry, ensuring that not a single child from a low-income family will go without a meal. “As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus,” the actress, 44, said in a statement. “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.”
[Shutterstock].Former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel also leaped into action. Bethenny, who was already making coronavirus kits, complete with hand sanitizer gel, immunity boosts, and cash cards for the impoverished, added face masks to the package as well upon coming to a vital realization. “Because the idea of a doctor or a nurse who is risking their life and not to mention firefighters, and police officers, and people working at Publix and Kroger and Whole Foods, and all those people that are interacting with people all day, they all don’t have masks,” Bethenny shared EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife. “But on the forefront, the medical workers that are going in to intentionally interact with people with the worst crisis that we have ever seen in our lifetime, not having masks, being told to recycle masks, wash their masks, is a horror show.”
While Hollywood has stepped up to do their part in providing support to medical professionals, the entertainment industry has already been hit hard by the novel coronavirus. Stars like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Idris Elba are just three of the many stars who have been diagnosed with the virus. Furthermore, TV productions, films, and concerts have been suspended or rescheduled do to the global pandemic. As of March 30, there are well over 140,900 confirmed cases in the United States with over 2,400 lives being claimed by the virus.