Celebrities from Kanye West to Angelina Jolie donate to coronavirus charities
Actors and musicians from all genres are donating money to help feed families and support health care workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Kanye West has made undisclosed donations to organizations in Chicago and Los Angeles. In Chicago, West’s hometown, the rapper donated to We Women Empowered, which is providing meals to the elderly amid the pandemic, ABC News reported.
“Today when I got that call, that Kanye West wanted to help the elderly in Chicago and he chose his hometown in the South Side, his old neighborhood, I was beyond words,” the organization’s founder, Josephine “Mother” Wade, said in a statement, according to ABC.
“And in one phone call, in an instance today, our world was changed. He may not even realize it, but I knew his mother & I used to help them many years ago. All I can say is Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,” Wade added.
West has also reportedly donated to the Los Angeles organization The Dream Center, which is providing meals to those in need.
Actress Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry to help children who may have limited access to meals due to school closures.
“As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus,” Jolie, the special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement, ABC News reported.
“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,” she said.
Kelly Ripa, co-host of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, also donated $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts. The couple’s donation will be split between the New York governor’s office to purchase ventilators for hospitals and the organization WIN, which operates women’s shelters in New York City.
“AMAZING: we’re so grateful @kellyripa & @instasuelos for your incredible generosity during this crisis. This has a HUGE impact on the women & kids who make up 70% of NYC’s #homeless. On behalf of the thousands of moms & children we serve thank you!” the organization tweeted.
AMAZING: we’re so grateful @kellyripa & @instasuelos for your incredible generosity during this crisis. This has a HUGE impact on the women & kids who make up 70% of NYC’s #homeless. On behalf of the thousands of moms & children we serve thank you! https://t.co/rbkJVvRyjt @people
— Win (@WINNYC_ORG) March 19, 2020
Musician Ciara and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson announced last week they will donate 1 million meals to the Seattle food bank Food Lifeline through the charity Feeding America.
“People are losing loved ones, the elderly and the young, people in-between. Think about people losing jobs,” Wilson said in a video shared on Twitter.
“We want to encourage everyone out there to join us in whatever way that you can, big or small. Everything makes a difference. Everything that we do together makes a difference, and together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through. We have faith. We want to encourage everyone out there to keep the faith,” Ciara added.
The world needs us ALL. Unprecedented times. @Ciara & I are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine https://t.co/TMUkkwjDV6 Rally & support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica
Let’s all keep the Faith during this difficult time pic.twitter.com/i2oJnQoOgb
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 17, 2020
Among other professional athletes, NFL player J.J. Watt and soccer star Kealia Ohai Watt, who are married, made a donation of $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank, ABC News reported
Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner launched Save with Stories, an initiative where the two actresses will read children’s books on social media in an effort to raise money for children who may have limited access to food due to school closures. The funds will go to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry.
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