As we are doing our bit by partaking in social distancing dutifully, it is overwhelming to see how celebrities, athletes and other sportspersons are contributing for the coronavirus outbreak in the world. They are helping the needy in variety of ways, by donating cash, by procuring supplies of protective masks and other medical supplies and more. From the big names like Angelina Jolie, Justin Timberlake to the budding stars of the entertainment and sports industry worldwide, they are doing their bit in their own special way.
Let us talk about the donations celebrities have made for coronavirus relief across the world.
Donations Celebrities made to fight the coronavirus outbreak
While some personalities on the list, like Brad Paisley, is supporting local communities through his business, there are others who are rendering financial support to different organizations, like, Feeding America, No Kid Hungry and more. Celebrities like Keith Urban, Sonu Nigam, Ritviz (Indian singer) have also gifted their fans a virtual concert to boost them at a time when several live concerts and shows have been cancelled.
Read on to know which celebrities have made contributions to various community organizations, funds, food bank, the CDC Foundation, American Red Cross and other organizations.
Angelina Jolie, the Maleficient movie star donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry to help them provide meals for children who are not getting food. In a statement Jolie said, “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.”
The non-profit organization of Rihanna, Clara Lionel Foundation, donated $5 million to Feeding America, Direct Relief, International Rescue Committee, Partners In Health and WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund collectively to support the undeserved communities battle against coronavirus.
Singer-Songwriter James Taylor and wife Kim donated $1 million to the Massachusetts General Hospital. In a statement, James said, “Kim and I want to be part of this fight. We have been so inspired by the courage and sacrifice of the health care heroes in the trenches who are working so hard to protect us all.”
The Avengers’ actress and Goop entrepreneur, Gwyneth Platrow, gave a check of $100,000 to the Frontline Responders Fund as a contribution towards the coronavirus relief fund.
The owner of Whiskey Row, a Nashville gastropub and a Country music star, Dierks Bentley donated $1000 to his 90 employees who work on hourly shifts. Dierks wrote, “I encourage all bar owners on Lower Broadway to take care of bartenders, bar backs, waitresses, security, dishwashers, etc the best they can. Let’s make sure we help the folks that help make the music happen.”
Brad Paisley, the famous country singer declared on Instagram that the grocery store he owns in Nashville will be delivering a week’s groceries to the elderly neighbors in Berry Hill and Edgehill.
Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa
The Riverdale star and “Live With Kelly and Ryan” host donated $1 million, which will particularly be invested into the purchase of the required ventilators and additionally towards WIN, an organization running 11 women’s shelters all around the New York City.
The popular host of “The Tonight Show”, Jimmy Fallon made a contribution to the coronavirus relief fund by donating to Feeding America. He tweeted, “My family made a donation to @FeedingAmerica, who are working tirelessly to feed those in need around the country … Please join us. Any donation is GIANT.”
On 18 March, Kristen Bell, The Good Place star announced her donation of $150,007.96 to the charity, No Kid Hundry, that is working to end the problem of child hunger in the country. Kristen said in her statement, “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 their piggy bank. I couldn’t have been prouder to add that extra, and important 7 dollars and 96 cents.”
The ever popular singer Justin Timberlake donated to Feeding America and tweeted about it saying, “Stay Healthy, stay calm and help everyone stay fed.”
Justin Bieber also took to Instagram annoucing his donation of $29,000 to a children charity based in Beijing to support them in the fight against COVID-19.
Lady Gaga runs a beauty line named, Haus Labs. She took to Instagram and announced her donating 20% of the profits from the sale of last week on Hauslabs.com to the local food banks. This gesture was to ensure children and adults affected by the shutdown of schools and other places get sufficient food on time during this crisis.
Ciara and Rusell Wilson
Rusell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and Ciara, his wife, pledged to distribute 1 million meals to the Seattle Food Lifeline, a non-profit oganization.
Of so many financial supporters for the undeserved communities suffering from the outbreak, Keith Urban has made a sweet gesture of reaching out to his fans with moral support. He played a 30-minute set on a virtual tour for his fans on 17 March with Jeff Linsenmaier, his collaborator.
Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams
Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner posted on Instagram that they have teamed up with No Kid Hungry and Save the Children for Save The Stories. It is an account that will offer education and fun to kids and parent stuck in four walls during this outbreak.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
The couple is splitting their donation of $1 million between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. Ryan posted on Instagram, “I think we can all agree. COVID-19 is an a—hole.” We couldn’t agree more Ryan!
Eric Stonestreet, the actor of Modern Family announced his contribution of 200,000 meals to one of the Kansas City food banks. “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 actor tweeted.
J.J. Watt and Kealia Ohai
Not just actors and singers from Hollywood, but there came a report from Adam Schefter, an ESPN reporter a donation from a Houston Texans player. J.J. Watt and wife, Kealia Ohai, made a donation of $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank. The food bank will offer over 1 million meals to the needy.
India is also one of the hit countries by the outbreak and the Indian celebrities didn’t fail to extend help and support to the government and the needy. Akshay Kumar amde a donation of Rs 25 crores to the Prime Minister Relief Funds. The money will help the lower class communities with food, buying medical equipment, testers and other essentials in the time of crisis. The actor tweeted, “This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. Amd we need to do anything and everything it takes. I pledge to contribute Rs. 25 crores from my savings to @narendramodi ji’s PM-CARES Fund. Let’s save lives. Jaan hai toh jahaan hai.”
The lengendary cricketer, Sachin tendulkar made a contribution of Rs. 50 lakh to the Prime Minister Relief Funds.
The Indian batsmen, Suresh Raina, made a contribution of Rs 52 lakhs for the fight against coronavirus outbreak. The cricketer tweeted, “It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID-19. I’m pledging Rs. 52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (Rs 31 lakh to the PM-Cares Fund & Rs 21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind!” This is the highest contribution made by an Indian sportsperson till now.
The Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer, made a contribution of 1 million Swiss Francs to the suffering families due to coronavirus in the country.
The popular Indian comedian and ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ host, Kapil Sharma contributed a total sum of Rs 50 lakh to the PM-Cares Fund to help battle against the novel coronavirus in India. The comedian tweeted, “It’s time to stand together with the ones who need us. Contributing Rs 50 lakhs to the PM relief fund towards the #fightagainstcorona. Request everyone to #stayhome #staysafe #jaihind #PMrelieffund @narendramodi.”
Ratan Tata, one of the most popular and successful industrialists of India, made a huge contribution of Rs 1500 crores to fight against the coronavirus outbreak. Of the total Rs 1500 crores, Rs 100 crores comes fom Tata Sons and Rs 500 crores from Tata Trusts.
Countries coming together to fight the COVID-19 outbreak
Throughout the world, celebrities, sportspersons and athletes have extended their help and support to fight against the deadly outbreak. These donations celebrities made to fight coronavirus outbreak is commendable. There are several other personalities from different fields who have done their bit by helping daily-wage workers, supplying protective masks, medical equipment and more.