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Celebrities step up to help fans and community charities during Coronavirus crisis

Billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates pledged $100 million. Through their eponymous foundation, the money will assist in searching for treatments, helping at-risk communities, and expand testing availability. (CNBC)

Ralph Lauren, a true fashion hero, donated a whopping $10 million of his fortune to coronavirus relief efforts.

Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg pledged $5.5 million to launch the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Feeding Families. Its a partnership with her local Silicon Valley, California food bank.

Rihanna’s nonprofit organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, donated $5 million to various organizations. CLF’s donation will support under-served communities in the face of the global pandemic. Additionally, the healthcare professionals working tirelessly to keep them safe will benefit. Funds will reach from the U.S. to Malawi. Contributions to Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, and the International Rescue Committee will provide much needed help. Additionally, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund will receive some of that donation.

New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees is commited to helping support his team’s state of Louisiana. Brees mentioned on social media, “Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020. The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time. After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” said Brees.

Tennis champion, Roger Federer and his wife Mirka say they have donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1,050,861 USD) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland. Federer posted on social media to say: “These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.” The record-breaking 20-time Grand Slam winner underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. However, the men’s tennis tour has since shut down due to the pandemic.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donated $500,000 to Feeding America and $500,000 to Food Banks Canada. “Sending so much love,” Lively wrote on Instagram, joking, “Now can someone please tell Ryan that ‘emotional distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing.”

In March, singer Bruno Mars donated $1 million to help MGM employees who have been affected by the coronavirus. “The people at MGM have given Bruno Mars the rare opportunity to be able to continuously gig while he’s in the creative process of working on his next album,” his rep told ET Canada in a statement. “With the closures across Las Vegas, Bruno wanted to show his appreciation to the amazing employees who help make these shows possible in hopes that we’ll all be out of this situation and having fun together again very soon.” Bruno has been performing at The Park Theater at Park MGM since 2016.

Kylie Jenner has reportedly donated $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts. TMZ reports the money will go toward buying face masks, face shields and other protective gear to be used by healthcare.

Actor and former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger donated $1 million to a GoFundMe page he co-created called, “Frontline Responders Fund” meant to provide medical professionals with critical supplies such as masks, gowns and gloves. “I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better,” the Terminator star wrote on Instagram.

Actress Angelina Jolie gave No Kid Hungry $1 million to provide meals for children facing food insecurity. “As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus. 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,” Angelina said in a statement.

Kelly Ripa, co-host of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, also donated $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts. Two places will share the couple’s donation. The New York governor’s office will purchase ventilators for hospitals, and the organization WIN, operates women’s shelters in New York City.

Kim Kardashian West announced in a press release that she will, “support Mothers and Children in need during this time.” Furthermore, her shapewear line, SKIMS is committed to donating $1M to families affected by COVID-19. “I am so grateful to all of you who have supported SKIMS since we first started 6 months ago. It’s been a dream of mine for so long, and has only been possible because of your love for what we do. Our six-month anniversary has fallen in the middle of a Global crisis so more than ever, it’s our responsibility to give back and do what we can to help others.”

The Golden State Warriors ownership, players and coaches pledged to donate $1 million to a disaster relief fund benefitting Chase Center employees impacted by the loss of NBA games.

R&B singer Ciara and husband Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks showed their love for their community by donating one million meals to Seattle food bank Food Lifeline.

Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert is donating more than $500,000 to support both the employee relief fund at Vivint Smart Home Arena and COVID-related social services, according to the NBA.

Rosie O’Donnell brought back her hit talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, for a special one-night-only event on March 22nd. It was to raise money for The Actors Fund. The live-stream benefit was quite the success, raising $500,000, O’Donnell revealed on Twitter. “1/2 a million dollars for the actors fund – thank u everyone,” she tweeted after the show wrapped. With Broadway due to the coronavirus pandemic, the benefit served to help those who are now out of work as a result. The Actors Fund provides services for people in the arts and entertainment community, including the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, housing resources, addiction and recovery, HIV/AIDS and senior services, and counseling and emergency financial assistance, among others.

Lady Gaga’s cosmetics company will contribute to the cause. Twenty percent of this week’s Haus Labs profits will be donated to local food banks in LA and NYC.

Married sports couple, NFL player J.J. Watt and soccer star Kealia Ohai Watt made a donation of $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank.

On March 24, Brooklyn Nets star, Kyrie Irving celebrated his 28th birthday by donating $323,000 to Feeding America. The nonprofit organization works with food banks and shelters, to help with relief efforts amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Irving also partnered with City Harvest, a New York-based organization, to provide 250,000 meals to New Yorkers affected by the pandemic.

The Shawn Mendes Foundation donated $175,000 to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). It will provide the Toronto-based facility with emergency medical resources to combat coronavirus.

Miley Cyrus partnered with brand Emi Jay for a “Care Together” campaign to support Feeding America. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the organization when you buy hair ties from the brand. Use the code “BrightMinded” at checkout.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow donated $100,000 to the Frontline Responders Fund.

The Detroit Pistons Blake Griffin pledged to contribute $100,000. Little Caesars Arena workers won’t have to worry. As part of the deal, their salaries will be paid after the NBA season was suspended.

A day after the NBA suspended its season due to coronavirus, Cavaliers star Kevin Love made an announcement. Through his Instagram he said he is committing $100,000. Through the Kevin Love Fund, he will support the Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift. Because of the cancellation of the current NBA season, many employees were laid off.

Oscar-winning Parasite director, Boon Joon Ho, gave 100 million won ($82,457.96 USD) to the Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association. It will help fund relief efforts, according to Newsweek.

Justin Bieber took to Instagram to announce that he gave $29,000 to a Bejing-based children’s charity. The funds will aid the fight of COVID-19.

Ariana Grande has been making donations to her cash-strapped fans. The “Breathin” star sent between $500 and $1,000 to over 20 fans using the popular money transfer app Venmo.

Taylor Swift shocked at least two fans by sending them $3,000 each. They admitted it will help pay their bills during the coronavirus shutdown. Samantha Jacobson is a longtime Swift fan. She was a cocktail server at Disney World in Orlando. She lost her job after the bar she worked at closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

The “Old Town Road” rapper, Lil Nas X offered to help fans with their bills during the outbreak. “hey guys drop ur cashapp,” he instructed via Twitter on March 12. “gonna send some of u some money to go get some food then stay inside.”

Rapper G-Eazy represents his Endless Summer Fund. They are teaming up with Larkin Street Youth Services to provide meals to local at-risk youth in San Francisco. Furthermore, this will happen every day for an entire month.

In her Instagram video to fans, Britney Spears requested they personally reach out to her for help through her DMs. “Our world is going through such hard times right now,” Spears said. “Whether it’s with food or getting your child diapers, DM me and I will help you out.”

Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.