Celebrities who have donated to coronavirus relief efforts
From Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga, stars are giving back during the coronavirus outbreak.
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and forces many businesses to close, for the time being, celebrities are rallying together to help those in need and aid in relief efforts. Stars like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Ciara, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian have all stepped up and donated to food banks and charities, while others like John Legend and Chris Martin are putting on live-at-home performances for fans who are self-isolating. With everything going on in the world, it's refreshing to see celebrities using their platforms to make a positive impact. Ahead, see how stars are giving back during this sensitive time.
Watching the news I couldn’t imagine how scary it would be if a new disease was effecting my wife and my family and friends. China we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support. Whether it be this or the fires of Australia we all need to be there for eachother. Shout out to my friend @kriswu for the conversation.
In February 2020 the singer donated $29,000 (approximately Rs 22,09,700) to the Beijing Chunmiao Children Aid Foundation in China to assist with coronavirus relief efforts. "I know it's a very scary time in your country right now, but my prayers and support go out to you guys. You guys are amazing," Justin Bieber said in an Instagram video.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
The Hollywood couple pledged $1 million (approximately Rs 7,61,95,000) to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada in March 2020. "Though we must be distancing ourselves, to protect those who don't have the opportunity to self-quarantine, we can stay connected," Blake Lively said in an Instagram statement. "We can all do something for one another, even if that's simply staying home."
The Hollywood star and her children donated $150,007.96 (approximately Rs 1,14,34,700) to No Kid Hungry (NKH) in March 2020. "NKH has always been there for kids who need them. They work tirelessly to provide food for the hungry bellies all over this country," Kristen Bell wrote on Instagram. "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 singer announced in March that he was donating to the Mid-South Food Bank, which is in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. "This is a crazy time, but remember we're all in it together," Justin Timberlake tweeted. "Every. little. thing. helps."
Right now I'm thinking about what we can do to help our most vulnerable populations - children who are losing the one meal they may rely on per day, our friends and family who are facing job issues, the elderly, and low-income families. My family made a donation to @FeedingAmerica, who are working tirelessly to feed those in need around the country. http://bit.ly/2vVjLTD Please join us. Any donation is GIANT - and speaking of tirelessly - my man @ChefJoseAndres' org @WCKitchen is again showing us all what we can be as we work through these weird times. Sending love and thanks. #ChefsForAmerica
The late-night host and his family made a donation to Feeding America in March. "Right now I'm thinking about what we can do to help our most vulnerable populations — children who are losing the one meal they may rely on per day, our friends and family who are facing job issues, the elderly, and low-income families. My family made a donation to @FeedingAmerica, who are working tirelessly to feed those in need around the country," Jimmy Fallon said on Instagram.
Donatella and Allegra Versace
In March, fashion designer Donatella Versace and her daughter, Allegra Versace, donated $213,677 (approximately Rs 1,62,87,600) to the intensive-care department of Milan's San Raffaele hospital to fight against the coronavirus. "Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this disease. This is when we, as a society, need to stand together and care for one another," Versace said in a statement.
To Our HAUS, In the midst of COVID-19, it can be easy to feel powerless. We've been thinking a lot about our community and responsibilities in this time of uncertainty. Social distancing is one of the most important things we can do to control the spread of this virus and we encourage our community from across the world to participate if you can. As another way to take action, HAUS will be giving back to our Los Angeles & New York City communities by donating 20% of our profits from last week’s sales on Hauslabs.com to local food banks (@lafoodbank & @foodbank4nyc) in order to get food to those affected by the closing of schools and other places that offer this critical resource. Stay safe and strong for yourself and others. Sending love from our HAUS to yours ????
The singer's cosmetics company, Haus Labs, announced in March 2020 that it would donate 20 per cent of its week's profits to local food banks in LA and New York City.
Bong Joon-Ho and Suga
The Parasite director and the BTS singer donated more than $164,000 (approximately Rs 1,24,87,400) toward coronavirus disaster relief efforts in South Korea in February.
We’ve responded to COVID-19 by distributing $5 million in grants to @PartnersInHealth @DirectRelief @FeedingAmerica @RescueOrg @WHO and #Barbados to prepare communities w/ critical protective gear, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across multiple countries and regions. #CLF #HealthcareHeroes ????: Partners in Health
In March, Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation gave $5 million to bolster coronavirus response efforts, helping the most vulnerable in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Singer Kanye West donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Dream Center in Los Angeles, USA, and We Women Empowered in his hometown of Chicago. His reality TV star wife, Kim Kardashian, is also donating 20 per cent of the proceeds from her shapewear brand, Skims, to Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization Baby2Baby's COVID-19 Emergency Response Program.