Across the globe, people are grappling with the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Deaths due to the coronavirus have soared in Italy as hospitals try to manage high demands and lack of supplies. In the U.S., panic levels are high, with health officials advising Americans to practice social distancing and take extra precautions to protect their health. Most major live events, TV productions, and movie releases have been canceled, while citizens grapple with postponing their own important gatherings to protect vulnerable, immune-compromised individuals.
Thankfully, fear hasn’t stopped people from giving back to their communities and inspiring us all in these scary times. From acts of kindness to major donations that will help those who are sick and/or out of work, here are just a few of the ways celebrities and regular people, alike, are doing good in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak:
Zion Williamson will cover the salaries of Smoothie King Center staff.
The NBA announced that all games have been canceled for the rest of the season, which means stadium workers and employees could lose serious wages. However, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson wants to do his part: He announced on Instagram that he’ll help cover the salaries of those who work at the Smoothie King Center.
“My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days,” he said.
Kevin Love donates $100,000 for the staff at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love was one of the first athletes who stepped in to help stadium staff that will struggle over canceled games. He promised $100,000 to benefit workers at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
“Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don’t feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time. And I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need—whether that means supporting your local charities that are canceling events, or checking in on your colleagues and family,” he said on Instagram.
Donatella Versace and her daughter donate €200,000 to a hospital in Milan.
Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck gave 200,000 euros to Milan’s San Raffaele hospital to address supply shortages and limited supplies.
“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 said in a statement. “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.”
Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni donates €100,000 to benefit Italy.
Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni and her husband made a personal donation of 100,000 euros to a GoFundMe campaign they started to help hospitals in Italy, which have been overwhelmed by the number of patients infected with COVID-19. The money they put forth was specifically to help provide new hospital beds in Milan’s San Raffaele hospital intensive care unit, where there have been shortages.
“We hope that this initiative will raise awareness among people in Italy and abroad of the current coronavirus crisis, which is affecting all of us,” the couple said in a statement.
Laura Benanti invites high schoolers to share their talent.
Even if their schools have yet to shut down, many student performances, musicals, and plays have been canceled. Broadway singer and actor Laura Benanti reached out to disappointed theater kids on Twitter, inviting them to send her videos of their songs and dances with the hashtag #SunshineSongs as a way to bring a little cheer to stressful times.
“Trying to find some bright spots. If you were meant to perform in your high school musical and it was canceled, please post yourself singing and tag me. I want to be your audience! Sending all my love and black market toilet paper,” she said in a video she uploaded on her social media accounts. Make sure to check out the replies.
Quarantined Italians perform for their neighbors.
After the Italian government initiated a national lockdown, residents came together through music. Several viral videos have captured Italians singing to each other through the windows of their homes, and in a few places, some musicians launched into national songs from their balconies.
Delta’s CEO forgoes his own salary to prevent layoffs.
Whereas the Whole Foods CEO reportedly recommended his staff “donate” their paid time off to sick coworkers, Delta CEO Ed Bastian says he will forgo his salary for six months to avoid potential layoffs due to sweeping travel cuts.
Josh Gad reads to kids to help out parents.
On Friday, March 13, the actor lent his famous voice—you may recognize him as Olaf from Disney’s Frozen—to parents as “10 minutes of free daycare” by live-streaming a reading of his favorite children’s book, Olivia Goes to Venice, on Twitter.
“Since we’re all stuck at home right now, I figured we would have a little fun together, so I’m going to see how this goes, but I decided I’m gonna read to your and your children or just you, depending on what you prefer,” Gad said. “I’m not gonna pass judgment right now since the world is a little bit of a hot mess.”
Gad said he’d try to read a new story each night and has kept his word. “I’ll try to provide at least 10 minutes of daycare to you and your families a night while we’re going through this unprecedented global event,” he said. “I love you all. I hope you’re all healthy and safe, wherever you are and hopefully I will see you all very soon. Take care.”
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas for free.
OperaWire reports that the Metropolitan Opera will host “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on its website in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” said Met general manager Peter Gelb in a statement. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”
Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be available to stream for 20 hours. Click here for the schedule.
Jennifer Garner wants to see your talents.
From musicals and concerts to sporting events and high school debates, events have been canceled across the country. But Jennifer Garner doesn't want that hard work to go unnoticed. “To the Elsas and Matildas; to the Willy Lomans and Romeos. Not to mention the flautists, the pianists, the gymnasts, the shot-putter. We want to SEE—show us what you’ve got!! 🌟 #heyjenlookatme,” she wrote on Instagram.
LVMH is using its perfume and cosmetics factories to make hand sanitizer.
LVMH, the conglomerate that owns brands like Christian Dior and Givenchy, made a big announcement on March 15. The hydroalcoholic gel produced in the factories that normally make fragrances like Joy and J’Adore will be delivered free to French authorities. “Through this initiative, LVMH intends to help address the risk of a lack of product in France and enable a greater number of people to continue to take the right action to protect themselves from the spread of the virus,” the company said in a statement.
JJ Watt and Kealia Ohai donate $350,000 to Houston Food Banks.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and his wife, Chicago Red Stars forward Kealia Ohai, donated $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank to aid in relief efforts during the pandemic. ESPN reporter Adam Schefter posted the news on Twitter, reporting that their contribution would help provide “over 1 million meals” to those in need.
Disneyland donates its leftover food after closing.
The California theme park announced that it would be donating all the food it can during the shutdown due to the spread of COVID-19. Perishable foods will be donated to a local food bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, according to a tweet from the Disney Parks account.
Lizzo hosts a meditation session on Instagram.
After being forced to postpone her Houston Rodeo performance on March 13, Lizzo posted a “meditation and mantra to promote healing during this global crisis” on her Instagram. The entire video is 30 minutes long.
“Use at your own pace,” she added in the caption. “Love you!”
Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams launch Save With Stories.
Adams joined Instagram to announce the launch of her and Garner’s charity initiative, Save With Stories, which aims to provide the supplies and resources necessary for the children who rely on their schools for food. They’ve partnered with the organizations Save the Children and No Kid Hungry on this.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
Lively and Reynolds announced via Instagram that they would be donating $1 million to be split between the two charities, which are helping to feed people (especially elderly adults and low-income families) during the pandemic. Lively encouraged others to donate if they can and to stay connected with friends and family via FaceTime, Skype, and video. “We can all do something for one another, even if that’s staying home,” she wrote. Of course, she also got in a jab at her husband writing, “Now can someone just tell Ryan that ‘emotional distancing’ from his mother-in-law is not a thing. Nothing can save him.”
“I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an asshole,” Reynolds wrote. “If you’re able to help, visit, @feedingamerica and @foodbankscanada.” He also jokingly posted a fake phone number for Hugh Jackman, giving fans a little levity in a tough time.
Ciara and Russell Wilson donate 1 million meals in Seattle.
Seattle has been one of the cities hit hardest (and earliest) by the coronavirus pandemic so far. It also happens to be the home of Ciara and her Seattle Seahawks quarterback husband, Russell Wilson. The couple announced on Instagram that they are donating 1 million meals via Food Lifeline. “The world needs us ALL. These are unprecedented times. We are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine,” the singer wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of the couple. “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.”
Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, and The Resident are donating their medical gowns and gloves to actual doctors and nurses who need them.
“To the entire team @theresidentonfox, thank you for this incredibly generous donation of #PPE from your set, including gowns, masks, gloves, and all the things our healthcare workers need to provide safe care for our community during #COVID19,” Karen Law, a rheumatologist at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, wrote on Instagram. “Yesterday, I had a serious discussion with the residents about how, though supplies are low, a magical shipment of masks is unlikely to arrive. And yet, a magical shipment of masks DID arrive, in the form of this very generous gesture.”
According to E! News, The Good Doctor and Grey’s Anatomy are also donating supplies, while the firefighting show Station 19 is lending its stockpile of materials to the City of Ontario Fire Department and the firehouse in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood, station 35.
“At Station 19, we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station,” Grey’s and Station 19 showrunner and executive producer Krista Vernoff told E! News. “They were tremendously grateful. At Grey’s Anatomy, we have a back stock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well. We are all overwhelmed with gratitude for our health care workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to these donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying home.”
Ariana Grande is donating to a bunch of different organizations.
Ariana Grande recently spoke out about the importance of social distancing. “I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like ‘this isn’t a big deal’ / ‘we’ll be fine’…‘we still have to go about our lives’ and it’s really blowing my mind,” she wrote in an Instagram story. “I understand if that is how u felt weeks ago. but please read about what’s going on. please don’t turn a blind eye.
“It is incredibly dangerous and selfish to take this situation that lightly,” she continued. “The ‘we will be fine because we’re young’ mindset is putting people who aren’t young and / or healthy in a lot of danger. you sound stupid and privileged and you need to care more about others. like now.”
Now Grande is using her platform to encourage her fans to do more than just stay indoors. “My heart hurts for the small businesses, individuals, and families affected by all of this," she said on Instagram story on March 19, listing a group of organizations she is currently supporting, including the Opportunity Fund, GiveDirectly, Feeding America, Croce Rossa Italiana, and the World Health Organization.
Christian Siriano has offered to make masks.
Netflix is establishing a $100 million relief fund.
The streaming giant has set up a massive relief fund to aid out-of-work entertainment-industry workers during a time when pretty much every TV and movie production has shut down. “The COVID-19 crisis is devastating for many industries, including the creative community. Almost all television and film production has now ceased globally—leaving hundreds of thousands of crew and cast without jobs,” Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “These include electricians, carpenters, and drivers, many of whom are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis. This community has supported Netflix through the good times, and we want to help them through these hard times, especially while governments are still figuring out what economic support they will provide.
“What’s happening is unprecedented,” he continued. “We are only as strong as the people we work with, and Netflix is fortunate to be able to help those hardest hit in our industry through this challenging time.” Sarandos said they are working through exactly what this looks like, production by production, but that this money is in addition to the two weeks’ pay they already committed to providing for cast and crew on productions that were suspended last week.
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation donates $5 million to relief efforts.
RiRi’s foundation is donating $5 million to support those on the front lines of the virus response efforts, especially in marginalized communities in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa. The foundation is partnering with organizations like Direct Relief, Partners in Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee, and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The money will also help provide protective gear for hospital workers and first responders and distribute respiratory supplies in countries like Malawi and Haiti.
On March 26, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed another way Rihanna helped aid coronavirus relief (to New York specifically). "I want to thank @rihanna and the Rihanna Foundation for donating Personal Protective Equipment to New York State. We're so appreciative of your help and that of so many others who have stepped up," he tweeted.
Starbucks will pay workers for the next 30 days, even if they stay home.
Starbucks has committed to paying its staff for the next 30 days, at least, whether or not they can come into work.
“With daily news from friends and family members getting laid off and businesses closing, we need one another more than ever. We need to be a different kind of company,” Starbucks president Rossann Williams said in a letter to the entire company. “Together, we have successfully navigated many challenges throughout our history, and managing COVID-19 will be no different. You have my word, we will continue to stay true to Our Mission and Values, making the right decisions even when it’s hard, and caring for you and our customers.”
Bethenny Frankel is donating 1 million masks to hospitals fighting coronavirus.
Bethenny Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York City is supplying more than 1 million masks to benefit hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. Through her organization BStrong and its partner Global Empowerment Mission, Frankel has been raising funds to put together what she calls “BStrong corona kits,” while focusing on the shortage of necessary medical supplies. Frankel said the masks will be available within the next few days and will be immediately sent to hospitals.
Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are waiving rent for tenants through April.
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell, who apparently moonlight as landlords for a couple of residential buildings in Los Angeles, are waiving their tenants' rent fees for April due to coronavirus. Shepard's sister, who manages the couple's company Pringus Property LLC, reportedly emailed tenants over the weekend with the news and added that the company will continue to work with residents "going forward."
Kylie Jenner donates $1 million to L.A. hospitals.
On March 25, Dr. Thaïs Aliabad announced on Instagram that Kylie Jenner donated $1 million to help her and doctors buy masks, face shields, and other protective gear for L.A. area hospitals.
"One of my patients, a beautiful Living Angel, just donated $1,000,000 to help us buy hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear, which we will have 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," she wrote in the caption of a photo of Jenner and her daughter, Stormi Webster.
Drew Brees is donating $5 million to the state of Louisiana.
The New Orleans Saints player announced his donation on Thursday, March 26. "[My wife] Brittany and I are committing $5 million to the state of Louisiana in 2020," he said, per TMZ. "The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time."
Angeline Jolie donates $1 million to children affected by the coronavirus.
Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry, an organization helping to feed children who relied on school lunches for their meals. "As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus," she 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."
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