'Pitch Perfect' cast reunites virtually to record Beyoncé cover, raise money for UNICEF
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The stars of the “Pitch Perfect” franchise reprised their roles in the a cappella group the Barden Bellas to record a version of Beyoncé’s “Love on Top" to raise money for UNICEF. 

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Hailee Steinfeld were among the cast who recorded the cover virtually from their separate homes during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

A portion of proceeds from the song will go toward helping children affected by the health crisis, as well as by the deadly explosion earlier this month in Beirut, Lebanon. 

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At least $14,560 had been raised through the donations feature on YouTube as of Wednesday afternoon.

UNICEF says it is on the ground in more than 190 countries providing resources to children amid the ongoing pandemic, which has infected more than 22 million people around the world, according to a Johns Hopkins database.

The international agency is also responding in Lebanon to assist after an apparent chemical explosion on Aug. 4 killed at least 160 people and injured 6,000. 

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UNICEF estimates that around 100,000 children could be among those whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

The country’s health system was already under strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the organization. Sixteen primary health care centers reportedly sustained damage in the blast, and the Assameh Birth and Beyond Pediatric Unit in Karantina Hospital, which had a specialized unit treating newborns who require critical care, was completely destroyed.

The U.S. has announced that it is sending $17 million in relief aid to Lebanon, including a first wave of food, water and medical supplies.

Officials in Beirut have said a large stock of ammonium nitrate was stored in a warehouse where the explosion occurred.

The Lebanese government has launched its own investigation into blast, with officials signaling the materials had been housed at the warehouse since 2014.