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In a video announcement shared on their social media pages on Tuesday, the couple announced that they will be donating a million meals to a local food bank to aid in relief efforts during the outbreak.
Wilson, 31, began the video by noting how the coronavirus outbreak is “changing the world second by second, minute by minute,” saying, “People are losing loved ones. The elderly and the young. The people in between. You think about people losing jobs — even in Seattle.”
“What we’ve decided to do is partner up with our local food bank in Seattle, Seattle Food LifeLine, and we’re gonna donate a million meals [and] hopefully make a difference,” the NFL star said.
The world needs us ALL. These are unprecedented times. We are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine. Rally with us and support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica We can all make a difference together. Let’s all keep the Faith during this difficult time. Check the link in bio! https://bit.ly/38VdUuB
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“We want to encourage everyone out there to join us in whatever way that you can, big or small. Everything makes a difference. Everything that we do together makes a difference,” Ciara, 34, continued.
“Together, we will conquer this tough time we are going through,” the singer said, to which Wilson added, “We will.”
The two stars ended the message by encouraging fans to “keep the faith” and “practice social distancing” during the ongoing health crisis.
“Praying for everyone out there,” Ciara concluded.
Ciara and Wilson are not the only celebrity couple to give back to their local community as a way to help those who have been affected by the coronavirus.
“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and love income families,” Reynolds shared in an Instagram note. “Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between FEEDING AMERICA and FOOD BANKS CANADA.”
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“If you can give, these orgs need out help,” he continued. “Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
Houston Texans’ JJ Watt and wife Kealia Ohai also donated $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank, while Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and fiancé Tom Bernthal launched the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Feeding Families in partnership with their local food bank to ensure families were being fed during the crisis.
As of Tuesday morning, there have been at least 4,482 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and 86 deaths in the nation.