Celebrities are doing everything they can in order to help others amid concerns over the coronavirus.
The cast of “Desperate Housewives”, including Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Brenda Strong, Dana Delaney and Eva Longoria, are reportedly reuniting for a livestream episodes of “Stars in the House”, the series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, to raise donations for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The casts of “Young Sheldon”, “Jessie” and “Barry” will also reunite for the cause.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga threw her support behind the UN Human Rights-supported initiative, the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge, making an urgent appeal to the world’s 24 million tech developers to innovate life-saving coronavirus solutions. “We need you right now during Covid-19 more than ever, your time, your talent, to use technology and data to change the world before the world changes us,” she expressed in a video message. “So I’m asking you to answer the call, build a solution that fights back, that saves lives…I may have the voice but you’re the tech rock stars.”
The “Desperate Housewives” stars and Lady Gaga aren’t the only ones giving back during this difficult time. Check out the other celebrities and major companies assisting those in need.
Angelina Jolie: On March 25, Jolie released a statement, announcing that she would be donating $1 million to No Kid Hungry. “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,” read the statement. “No Kid Hungry is making resolute efforts to reach as many of those children as possible.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger: The former California governor shared that he had helped create a GoFundMe page called the Frontline Responders Fund to provide medical professionals with the critical supplies they need, such as masks, gowns and gloves. The actor also revealed that he had donated $1 million to the fund.
“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,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and I’m proud to be part of it. I donated 1 million dollars, and I hope that all of you who can will step up to support these heroes”
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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. This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and I’m proud to be part of it. I donated 1 million dollars, and I hope that all of you who can will step up to support these heroes. Go to the link in my bio to help out.
Arthur Blank: The Atlanta Falcons owner reportedly donated $5.4 million to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a charity that was set up to help those affected in Georgia by the virus.
Bethenny Frankel: The reality star and businesswoman donated $250,000 to the making of N95 masks to be distributed to various NYC hospitals.
She also tweeted, “CLARIFICATION: in addition to us raising money and donating masks to U.S., hospitals and clinics can contact us to place mask orders for you. People have been gouging and marking these up. We’re manufacturing them straight to YOU. Gov’ts are already partnering with us. Make sense?”
On April 7, Frankel also announced: “We will exceed 15 million in aid distribution in 15+ states this week and will exceed our goal of 100+ health care facilities this & sadly, that is a drop in this bucket of tears. Our goal is 100 million in aid distribution in the next few weeks. #bstrong.”
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MISSION 6: . A: THANK YOU to The Verstandig Family Foundation @grantverstandig4 for their donation of $1.3 million to: $500,000 to state of AZhealth dept. $150,000 to state of IN health dept. $500,000 to MedStar Health $200,000 to Inova Health *The above 2 consist of 200+ hospitals, clinics & health care facilities in MD, DC, & VA . B: 2,000 KN95 masks, 2,000 surgical masks, & 500 biohazard hazmat water resistant full body protective suits are delivered or en route to Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital . C: 500 biohazard hazmat water resistant full body protective suits en route to NY Presbyterian Hospital & NYU Langone Hospital . D: 500 N95 masks, 1,000 KN95 masks, 2,000 surgical masks, & 500 hazmat water resistant full body protective suits are en route to Greenwich Anesthesia Associates, Upstate University Hospital, Brigham Women's Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, & SouthSide Hospital . * #BStrong distributes aid according to the specific crisis and allocated by state proportionally to the country. Severity & necessity differs by state & shifts. . We shift accordingly. Within facilities, we allocate aid according to positions. 3M masks might be for an ER MD & an office or cafeteria worker might need an FDA surgical mask. . This provides more aid with a purpose & covers more ground. . We’ve 2x exceeded our goal of 100+facilities & our goal of $16 million in aid distribution in 15+states. Our new goal is $50 million in aid to healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers & frontline warriors throughout the US. . Please donate & support #BStrong & @globalempowermentmission by clicking the link in my bio. #thisisacrisis #COVID19 #Coronavirus
Billy Joel: The performer and his wife, Alexis, announced that they were giving back via his Joel Foundation and BStrong on March 31, declaring an initial donation of $500,000 in the form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which includes masks, corona kits and hazmat suits for healthcare workers. 75% of the donation was allocated for New York City and the Long Island area, with the remaining 25% going to hospitals in other parts of New York State.
Bruno Mars: The GRAMMY winner donated $1 million to the MGM Resorts Foundation to support MGM employees impacted economically by the coronavirus pandemic.
Cardi B: The rapper reportedly donated 20,000 bottles of OWYN — a plant-based, vegan meal supplement drink — to hospitals in the New York City area for their medical staffs and ambulance crews.
Ciara and Russell Wilson: The couple shared in a video on their Instagram that they would be pledging $1 million meals to Seattle’s Food Lifeline. They also encouraged others to support their local food bank.
“The world needs us ALL. These are unprecedented times. We are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine,” Ciara wrote alongside the post. “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.”
The couple also partnered with Wheels Up on the “Meals Up” initiative and pledged 10 million meals to Feed America.
Demi Lovato: It was announced that up to $125,000 from the singer’s Fabletics collection will be donated to WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Dolly Parton: The singer is doing her part by donating $1 million to COVID-19 research. “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations,” the country music legend tweeted. “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure.”
Dr. Naji Abumrad is the father of Jad Abumrad, who did Dolly Parton’s America podcast.
Elton John: The performer announced a $1 million COVID-19 Emergency Fund, through his Elton John AIDS Foundation, to help frontline partners continue HIV preventative care and treatment in marginalizes communities around the world.
“For almost 30 years, my foundation has prioritized the most vulnerable people to HIV to end the AIDS epidemic, and we’re committed to this during the COVID-19 crisis too,” John said in his announcement. “Distributing medicine, testing and preventive treatment is nt as imple as it was a few weeks ago. Our new COVID-19 emergency fund will help frontline partners to prepare for and respond to the pandemic, and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities.”
Eric Stonestreet: The Modern Family star announced on March 18 that he was donating 200,000 meals to his hometown of Kansas City, Kansas. “I am donating 200,000 meals to @HarvestersORG in Kansas City. Lindsay and I love our hometown and want to help do what we can. 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,” he tweeted.
Fall Out Boy: The boy band announced on April 3 that their fund would be giving a “$100,000 donation to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. The money will help support the local food banks, direct monetary support for those who have suffered loss of income & jobs as a result of COVID-19 & much more.”
“Check in with the people you love. Support the businesses you love if you can,” Fall Out Boy tweeted. “Stay vigilant and hopeful. Everyone is affected by this, and we win by coming together and thinking of the world as bigger of ourselves.”
Gemma Chan and Dominic Cooper: These two snapped a selfie after their good deed. “Eighty meals delivered to the incredible NHS staff at Charing Cross Hospital on behalf of @donate_cook_19. We’re so grateful for everything you’re doing 🙏🏼 …,” Chan posted to Instagram. “If you know an NHS worker in London in need of support please email email@example.com or dm @donate_cook_19. If you’re able, please also consider making a donation via the website … Please be assured that we are adhering to strict social distancing guidelines as advised by an NHS doctor in all parts of the cooking and delivery process.”
Jeff Bezos: The Amazon founder and CEO gave a whopping $100 million to Feeding America. “Feeding America will quickly distribute the funds to their national network of food banks and food pantries, getting food to those countless families who need it,” Bezos shared on Instagram. Feeding America is the largest non-profit focused on food security. Millions of Americans are turning to food banks during this time. …They’d be excited and grateful for donations of any size.”
James Taylor: The singer/songwriter and his wife, Kim Taylor, contributed $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to support the institution’s ongoing efforts to battle the the pandemic.
“There is no question that it’s a point of pride for New Englanders to claim the MGH as their hospital – our hospital – and this is especially true today with the threat coming from a new and insidious virus,” he said in a statement. “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.”
JAY-Z: The Shawn Carter Foundation (SCF) donated $1 million towards COVID-19 response efforts. The funds will support undocumented workers, the children of frontline health workers and first responders, as well as incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles.
Jim Gaffigan: The comedian and his wife, Jeannie Gaffigan, teamed up with Shake Shack to provide healthcare professionals at Mount Sinai Health System in New York free lunch.
Justin Timberlake: The singer is donating to the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, Tennessee, hometown.
“This is a crazy time, but remember we’re all in it together,” he said in his Instagram Stories. “Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need.”
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos: ET has learned that the power couple donated $1 million to the New York Governor’s office for coronavirus relief efforts. The contribution will reportedly go towards the purchase of urgently needed ventilators. In addition, some of the funds are being allocated to WIN, an organization that runs 11 women’s shelters in NYC.
Kristen Bell: The actress is giving back by teaching her two daughters the importance of charity. She and her family donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry so that the organization could “send out even more grants to schools and community groups working to feed kids during the #COVID19 outbreak.”
Bell then elaborated as to why it was such a specific amount. “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,” she told her Instagram followers on Wednesday, March 18. “I couldn’t have been prouder to add that extra, and important $7.96.”,
Lady Gaga: The pop icon took to Twitter on April 2 to share with her fans that she’s “proud to have donated to support #AmericasFoodFund, a new initiative directly supporting @FeedingAmerica & @WCKitchen to feed those in need & impacted by #COVID19.” She also thanked the organization’s founders, Leonardo DiCaprio and Laurene Powell Jobs, “for putting this together.”
Leonardo DiCaprio: The actor is teaming up with Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple and the Ford Foundation to launch America’s Food Fund with $12 million that will benefit World Central Kitchen and Feeding America. The fund, which will be hosted on GoFundMe, will focus on feeding those impacted by the coronavirus including children, low-income families, the elderly and people who have lost their jobs.
“In the face of this crisis, organizations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feed the most vulnerable people in need,” DiCaprio said. “I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support.”
Lizzo: The “Truth Hurts” singer-rapper sent food to several hospitals to treat those working at the facilities. She’s also encouraging fans to donate to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Mark Wahlberg: The actor’s family restaurant, Wahlburgers, bought lunch for Beaumont Hospital workers in Michigan on Saturday, March 28. In an Instagram video, the actor also shared that Wahlburgers got a donation of iPads for patients to communicate with their families and caregivers that they sent out.
Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson: The pair shared pics and videos of their trip to donate tacos (face masks in place, of course) to workers at a local hospital on April 4.
“Tacos for the incredible healthcare workers at our local hospital!” Simpson captioned his Instagram post. “So grateful for these true legends of our time dedicating their lives to battling this pandemic. Show some love to yours in your community!”
Oprah Winfrey: The TV personality announced that she is pledging $11 million in corornavirus relief, $1 million of which will benefit America’s Food Fund. The remaining $10 million will benefit Americans in places where she’s lived.
Princess Eugenie: The royal has reportedly been delivering boxes of food and essentials to those working for the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K.
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I'm so proud of my hospital, The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, as they have become a trauma centre for the first time since 1982 due to the incredibly challenging time we face and the unprecedented pressure all hospitals and their staff face. It has created a Covid-19 fund for the RNOH’s staff that urgently need our support. The purpose of the fund is to help their frontline clinical staff in any way possible – from providing meals, to purchasing essential equipment items, to supporting mental health in a time of crisis. Tap the link in my bio to be directed to the just giving page or please get in touch with them for any donations in kind by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0208 909 5362 @the.rnoh.charity @rnohnhs
Pink: After announcing that she had tested positive for the coronavirus and subsequently recovered and tested negative, the singer announced that she was donating a million dollars in total to relief efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center,” she shared. “Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.❤️.”
Rihanna: The R&B singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced on March 21 that it donated $5 million to the COVID-19 rapid response efforts in the United States and across the globe. The funds will support local food banks serving at-risk communities and the elderly in the United States, acceleration of testing and care in countries like Haiti and Malawi, as well as the mobilization of resources and additional capacity and support for Native communities. It will also fund protective equipment for frontline health workers and diagnostic labs, the establishment and maintenance of intensive care units, and acceleration of the development of vaccines and other therapies across the globe, among others.
“CLF is supporting on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of disaster response especially those focused on protecting and serving marginalized communities – helping the most vulnerable in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa prepare for what is to come,” a statement read. “Over the past five years CLF has been one of the first organizations to respond to some of the world’s most devastating natural disasters, and they have seen firsthand the profound and unintended consequences of not being prepared.”
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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
On March 26, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed on Twitter that Rihanna is also generously helping the state. “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 wrote.
Robert Kraft: The New England Patriots owner purchased 1.7 million N95 masks, used the team’s plane to fly them from China to Boston overnight and will be disseminating them to support healthcare workers to combat the shortage of personal protective equipment during COVID-19. Some of the masks will also be sent to New York.
“It is an honor for our family to be a part of this humanitarian mission. We knew that purchasing greatly-needed N95 masks and providing the Patriots plane to expedite their delivery to local hospitals would immediately help protect our courageous healthcare professionals,” Kraft said. “Multiple organizations across the public and private sectors, all of which were in lockstep with Governor Charlie Baker’s visionary leadership, worked together to execute this mission with the purpose of helping save lives.”
“I truly hope that in doing so, we can in some way inspire others to find creative ways to give more in support of our doctors, nurses and first responders.” he added. “It’s nice to care for those who provide such compassionate care for us.”
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively: The couple made a substantial donation to helping those struggling to access meals during the coronavirus pandemic. The actor took to Twitter to announce the $1 million donation to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
In an accompanying photo, the actor explained why he and his wife were making the donation, then joked about his celebrity pal and sometimes rival, Hugh Jackman. “Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families,” he wrote. “Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between FEEDING AMERICA and FOOD BANKS CANADA. If you can give, these orgs need our help.”
“Take care of your bodies and hearts,” he continued. “Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection. (Hugh Jackman’s # is 1-555-😢-HUGH.)”
In addition, Lively and Reynolds also reportedly donated $400,000 to New York hospitals.
Selena Gomez: The performer announced on March 31 that she would be making a donation to Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. “So thankful for every single medical professional who is putting their health on the line to take care of others,” she tweeted. “I’m donating to @CedarsSinai as they are low on masks and ventilators. They’ve taken such good care of me so it’s my turn to show my gratitude.”
Steph and Ayesha Curry: The basketball pro and his wife are helping to keep hungry mouths fed during the global crisis. In a video posted on Twitter, the couple explained that they have partnered with a food bank to help provide a million meals to Oakland students who can no longer attend school due to shutdowns.
“Oakland is closing schools bc of COVID-19. We support this decision but are concerned a/b the 18,000+ kids that rely on school for 2+ meals daily,” the athlete captioned the video. “@eatlearnplay is donating to @ACCFB to ensure every child has access to the food they need.”
Taylor Swift: The singer has reached out to several fans who are struggling financially amid the outbreak to lend a helping hand, in the form of several thousand dollars.
Tom Brady: The NFL pro is donating 10 million meals through the aviation company Wheels Up’s “Meals Up” initiative that is working with Feeding America to provide food to those in need.
Vanessa Hudgens: The actress made a donation to Feeding America, sharing a screenshot on her Instagram account.
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It’s a crazy time out there in the world. School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country. Join me in supporting @feedingamerica today. Let’s help each other out rather than freaking the fuck out. Kk? LINK IN BIO
Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner: Amy Adams joined Instagram to help children struggling due to school closures across the country surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
“I’ve decided to finally join to shine a spotlight on kids across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time,” Adams wrote on her new account. “My friend @jennifer.garner and I are launching @SAVEWITHSTORIES – a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between SAVE THE CHILDREN and Share Our Strength’s NO KID HUNGRY (and a big thank you to our founding publisher, Scholastic♥️).”
Ciara: The singer is getting a weekly conversation started with ladies on Instagram. “Ladies I’m going to start doing #WomensWednesday on my IG Live at 2 p.m. PT today!” she announced on Wednesday, April 1. “Let’s have some girl talk. (P.S. Si Si is potty trained. We just do pull up for nap time 😇.)”
Contagion Cast: The stars of the 2011 movie, including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle, have teamed up with scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to share evidence-based information about COVID-19 so that we can all better protect ourselves and our community.
“Desperate Houswives” Cast: Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Brenda Strong, Dana Delaney and Eva Longoria, are reportedly reuniting for a livestream episodes of Stars in the House, the series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, to raise donations for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The casts of Young Sheldon, Jessie and Barry will also reunite for the cause.
Helen Mirren: The 74-year-old actress posted a makeup-free selfie in an effort to get her Instagram followers to donate to Intensive Care Support. “In return for this pic of me literally first thing in the morning, please donate to the intensive care support,” she captioned the image.
Kevin Bacon: The actor is taking advantage of his association with the parlour game, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” to launch a social media campaign to encourage social distancing.
“I’m technically only six degrees away from you,” he said in a video posted to his social media accounts, announcing a new challenge to reveal why you’re staying home by using the hashtag #IStayHomeFor and then tagging six other people to get them to do the same. “…So if you’re home too like me, post a video or photo with a sign like mine, telling who you are staying home for and ask six friends to do the same.”
Lady Gaga: The pop star threw her support behind the UN Human Rights-supported initiative, the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge, making an urgent appeal to the world’s 24 million tech developers to innovate life-saving coronavirus solutions. “We need you right now during Covid-19 more than ever, your time, your talent, to use technology and data to change the world before the world changes us,” she expressed in a video message. “So I’m asking you to answer the call, build a solution that fights back, that saves lives…I may have the voice but you’re the tech rock stars.”
Reese Witherspoon: The actress launched #ShineOnAtHome, in collaboration with YouTube’s #StayHome #WithMe campaign, where she will be joined by some of her favorite experts in health, wellness, finance, food, and more over the next few weeks.
Rita Wilson: The actress-musician partnered with Naughty by Nature to record a remix of the group’s 1993 track, “Hip Hop Hooray.” The recording will help to raise money for MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports music professionals affected by the virus.
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Hip Hop Hooray is like modern day Shakespeare. I originally learned the song for one of the most fun roles I ever played in the film Boy Genius. It took me a month to learn because it’s so complex and nuanced; it was like training for a marathon. The rhythms and tempos are so unique and creative. When I was quarantined and recovering from COVID-19 I wanted to see if I still remembered it, kind of like a brain exercise. To my surprise I did. I thought it would be fun to put it on my Instagram to show people I was doing okay and to make them smile. When @naughtybynature4ever commented about it, I couldn’t believe it. What a joy to be doing this remix with legends of the Hip-Hop world. I’m forever grateful for their generosity of spirit and for being able to raise money together for @musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Hit the link in my bio to listen to it and donate on YouTube! Available on all music platforms 4/10 👑
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: On April 3, it was announced that a $6 million donation would be made to will help support motion picture employees and their families facing severe financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with institutions focused on supporting diverse filmmakers. Four million dollars of the donation will be distributed equally between The Actors Fund, which supports behind-the-scenes workers as well as performers, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Capri Holdings Limited: The company’s collective brands, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Versace, are donating $3 million COVID-19 relief efforts.
“Our hearts and souls go out to those who are working on the front lines to help the world combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said John D. Idol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capri Holdings Limited. “We thank them for their remarkable dedication and courage and want to support them and the hospitals where they work. We also aim to strengthen organizations dedicated to helping the community. This is clearly a time for people to come together in every way and on every level, because we are all stronger in our united resolve. I want to thank Donatella and Michael for their personal commitments.”
Coty: Kylie Jenner, and mother, Kris Jenner, have teamed up with the beauty company to produce hand sanitizers for hospitals in Southern California. The custom hand sanitizer will include a special message for recipients that reads: “Dedicated to first responders working to support our communities.”
Crocs: The company is donating shoes to healthcare workers for the initiative they’re calling A Free Pair for Healthcare.
Draper James: Reese Witherspoon’s clothing company announced that it will show gratitude toward teachers during this time by giving away free dresses. Teachers are encouraged to apply for the free garments by April 5.
Honest Company: Jessica Alba revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon how her company was giving back. “And with the Honest Co., as well, we donated three million diapers, 20,000 wipes, 20,000 personal care products because there are so many families now,” she told Fallon. “But there’s… literally, like, that is the no. 1 need for families in poverty, but also families that are out of work. They have to choose between diapers and they shouldn’t have to.”
“The Masked Singer”/Fox: The network and the reality show came together to buy protective medical masks for front line medical professionals working tirelessly in New York City. Panelist Ken Jeong took to Twitter on April 1 to share the news that they have “purchased 10,000 FDA-approved N95 surgical masks,” and are sending them to hospitals in need.
“They arrived in New York yesterday, and will be delivered to hospitals in dire need of equipment,” Jeong explained in a video shot on his phone from his home. “On behalf of everybody on ‘The Masked Singer’, we are sending all of our love, thoughts, and best wishes to all effected by the coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19. Stay safe and healthy. Love you.”
Netflix: The streaming service created a $100 million relief fund to help members of the entertainment community who are now unemployed and without work amid the pandemic, Variety reports. The majority of the funds, per the streaming service, will go toward supporting laid-off crew members.
“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 per the magazine. “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.”
Pressed Juicery: Free juice for medical professionals! “We’re humbled to have the opportunity to help provide on-the-job nutrition to support those who are fighting on all types of front lines including food banks, police officers, & vets to keep us safe 🏥 Since this weekend, we’ve donated cold-pressed juices and shots to @chocchildrens, @malibucoastanimal, @uclahealth, @childrensla, @lapdhq, & West Hills Hospital ER, and will be giving to @lafoodbank and Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital this week! 👏🏻We’re working through your nominations as fast as possible and hope to be able to share the nutrition with many more to come!” the company said on their Instagram.
SKIMS: Kim Kardashian West’s shapewear company is donating $1 million to families affected by COVID-19.
“To support mothers and children in need during this time, SKIMS is committed to donating $1 million to families affected by COVID-19. On Monday, [March 30], we’re restocking the collection we first launched with, and in doing so, are able to help bring relief to those affected by this pandemic,” Kardashian West said in a statement. “…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.”
Sweetgreens: The salad shop gave back to those working at a hospital in Philadelphia. “The nurses of 7C at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital have been working around the clock to care for people during the ongoing crisis. Free greens is the least we can do to say thanks,” they shared on Instagram.
Starbucks: The coffee franchise announced that it will be serving up free coffee, iced or hot, for first responders and healthcare workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic through May 3. This goes for all police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff and medical researchers.
TV SHOWS AND MOVIE DONATIONS
“The Resident”: The Fox medical drama took advantage of the break in production on season three due to the outbreak to donate some much-needed supplies to a local hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where the show is filmed.
“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 Grady Memorial Hospital, posted 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. This kind of community support means so much to our #frontlineproviders who are making many sacrifices to staff our hospitals and care for our community,” she explained, before giving another shout out to the series. “Thank you, @theresidentonfox and @foxtv for being helpers. We needed this kind of good news today.”
ABC’s “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy”: Station 19 donated some of their N95 masks to the Ontario Fire Department after hearing that they were out and recycling the masks that they had. They also donated some N95 masks to the firehouse to Los Feliz – Station 35 in Los Angeles, California. Grey’s Anatomy followed suit and donated some medical supplies.
NBC “Chicago” Series: ET learned that Universal Television/Wolf Entertainment’s donated supplies (masks, gowns, etc.) to hospitals in need.
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