Here's How Celebrities Are Helping Those Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic

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OK, yes, some celebrities haven’t had the most constructive responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but (most of) their hearts are in the right place. When they aren’t busy FaceTime-harmonizing to John Lennon songs, some Famous People have been leading an economic and social charge to assist those affected by the virus.

Read on below to see how your famous faves are affecting change amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and how you can help alongside them.

Ciara, Lady Gaga, Kelly Ripa

Monetary Donations

Amal and George Clooney

The Clooneys have donated upwards of $1 million, split between six different organizations affected by the pandemic or providing relief efforts: $250,000 each to The Motion Picture and Television Fund, the SAG-AFTRA Fund, and the Los Angeles Mayors Fund. An additional $300,000 has been allocated to the Lebanese Food Bank, Lombardo Italy Region, and the NHS. 

The Hiltons
The Hilton Foundation, established in 1944 by Paris Hilton and Nicky Rothschild's great-grandfather Conrad N. Hilton, announced a donation of $10 million on Wednesday. In a press release, the organization explained that "about half" of the staggering donation will go toward assisting the Los Angeles homeless population in this time of crisis, while the other half will be "focused on helping African countries prepare for a pending outbreak." Charities receiving aid from the Hiltons include Brilliant Corners, California Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Shining Hope for Communities Inc., The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, and UNICEF. 

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander

With the MLB still paying its players amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander agreed to donate the baseball pro's paychecks to a different nonprofit organization each week. 

In a video posted to Instagram, the couple expanded upon their decision. “Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended,” Justin wrote alongside the clip. “@kateupton and I have decided to donate those funds to a different organization each week so that we can support their efforts and highlight the great work they’re doing during the COVID-19 crisis.”

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Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended. @kateupton and I have decided to donate those funds to a different organization each week so that we can support their efforts and highlight the great work they’re doing during the COVID-19 crisis. Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home. As soon as the first paycheck is received we will be highlighting the first organization. We know everyone is impacted by this crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve and look to those around you who need a helping hand. #covid19 #flattenthecurve

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He continued: “Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home.”

Pink

After revealing she and her three-year-old son, Jameson, were diagnosed with coronavirus, the singer pledged to donate $1 million to fight the pandemic. Half of the funds will go to Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in honor of her mother, Judy Moore, "who worked there for 18 years." Meanwhile, another $500,000 will be reserved for the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. 

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Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative. It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities. 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. 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.❤️

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"THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones," she wrote on Instagram. "You are our heroes!"

Leonardo DiCaprio

The actor, along with businesswoman Laurene Powell Jobs, chipped in money to launch America's Food Fund, to help the most at-risk people during the pandemic.

"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. I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support," DiCaprio said in a statement.

DiCaprio and Jobs contributed a joint $5 million to the fund.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah has also pledged $1 million to America's Food Fund, as well as $10 million overall to "help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up."

Selena Gomez

The pop star made an undisclosed donation to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, sharing her personal experience with the hospital in a tweet: "So thankful for every single medical professional who is putting their health on the line to take care of others. 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."

Kim Kardashian

Joining her younger sister Kylie Jenner in aiding coronavirus relief efforts, Kim Kardashian's shapewear brand, SKIMS, pledged to donate $1 million to support families affected by COVID-19, with funds directly going to mothers and children in need. 

“On Monday, 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 shared on Instagram. “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.”

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner has reportedly donated $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts. TMZ reports the money will go toward buying face masks, face shields and other protective gear to be used by healthcare.

Thais Aliabadi, a doctor who delivered Jenner's daughter, Stormi, told TMZ, "I have never felt more blessed to be a doctor, as helping our brave ER and ICU workers feels just as gratifying as helping my own patients. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU Kylie Jenner. You are my hero. This generous donation will help save many precious lives. Our world is a better place with you in it. I love you so much."

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

The actor couple donated $500,000 to Feeding America and $500,000 to Food Banks Canada. “Sending so much love,” Lively wrote on Instagram, joking, “Now can someone please tell Ryan that ‘emotional distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing.”

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@feedingamerica @foodbankscanada ♥️

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Kristen Bell, Lincoln Shepard, and Delta Bell Shepard

Bell (with a $7.96 contribution from her 5 and 6-year-old daughters) donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry. " I encourage anyone with the means to share to donate as well, any amount helps, so we can get through this together," the actress wrote. 

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NKH has always been there for kids who need them. They work tirelessly to provide food for the hungry bellys all over this country. I encourage anyone with the means to share to donate as well, any amount helps, so we can get through this together. (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 thier piggy bank. I couldnt have been prouder to add that extra, and important 7 dollars and 96 cents.???) #Repost @nokidhungry with @make_repost ・・・ We’re BEYOND grateful to our friend and #HungerHero @kristenanniebell for her gift of $150,007.96! Thank you for helping us send out even more grants to schools and community groups working to feed kids during the #COVID19 outbreak.

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

A source told People that the talk show host and her actor husband have donated $1 million to relief efforts, which was divided between the New York Governor’s Office and WIN, which runs 11 shelters for women and children in N.Y.C.

Lady Gaga

Mother Monster’s beauty brand, Haus Laboratories, announced they’d be donating 20% of profits from last week’s sales to food banks in N.Y.C. and L.A.

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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 ?

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Justin Bieber

In February, the singer made a $29,000 donation to the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation to assist children affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in China.

Justin Timberlake

The singer revealed on Twitter that he’d donated to the Mid-South Food Bank, a branch of Feeding America. “Stay healthy, stay calm, and help everyone stay fed. Spread the word,” he wrote.

Jimmy Fallon

The late night talk show host made a donation to Feeding America. “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,” he wrote.

Vanessa Hudgens

After offending the masses with a tone deaf Instagram Live video about the crisis, Hudgens stepped up and donated to Feeding America. “Let’s help each other out rather than freaking the f–k out. Kk?” she suggested.

Donatella and Allegra Versace

The designer and her socialite daughter donated €200,000 to the ICU at San Raffaele hospital in Milan. “In times like this, it is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines, fighting every day to save hundreds of lives,” Versace wrote in a statement on Instagram. “Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this disease and to all the doctors and medical staff who have been working heroically nonstop in the past weeks in the effort to take care of our loved ones.”

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Chiara Ferragni

The Italian influencer and her rapper husband Fedez donated €100,000 euros to a GoFundMe campaign they started to benefit hospitals in Milan. The GoFundMe has since surpassed its goal of raising €4,000,000.

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This is to fully explain the situation to all my foreigner followers (70% of my 18.7 millions) who clearly don’t understand the situation here in Italy at the moment: IT IS BAD. We have more than 10.000 cases, more than 600 deaths and more than 5000 people at the hospitals with bad conditions. The hospitals are not ready for all these cases and doctors and nurses are doing all they can to help as many as possible but if the number of sick doesn’t slow down they’ll have to start choosing patients based on how young and likely to survive they are. @fedez and I started a crowdfunding on Monday to help a hospital in Milan and it got over 3.6 millions € in offers and so many other people started collecting for other hospitals but there is still a lot that has to be done. The State decided to LOCK ALL OF THE ITALIANS inside their houses til April 3rd to prevent the virus to spread even more and to avoid the whole system and hospitals to collapse. We’re all living in quarantene right now, like some cities in China have done this past month. So please, start the awareness and understand that this is not a common flu and it’s way more dangerous for all of us: STAY IN as much as possible in this critical time. And If you can, help telling others to be careful and help Italy with its hospitals ??

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Rihanna

The singer's nonprofit organization, Clara Lionel Foundation, is donating $5 million to coronavirus response efforts across the globe. The contribution will support Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee and World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, as well as 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,” the foundation said in a statement.

Angelina Jolie

The actress said she would donate $1 million to support programs dedicated to feeding children. In a statement she 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."

Physical Donations
 

Khloé Kardashian

The reality star purchased groceries for elderly Los Angeles residents at local stores, including Trader Joe's and Ralphs. She also bought gift cards for more than 200 employees at these supermarkets as a way to thank them for their efforts. 

Lulu Wang

The director of The Farewell picked up unopened N95 masks around L.A. to donate to a local ER in need.

Ciara and Russell Wilson

The singer and her Seattle Seahawks quarterback husband donated 1 million meals to their community via Food Lifeline. 

José Andrés 

The chef and World Central Kitchen founder repurposed several of his restaurants in N.Y.C. and Washington D.C. into community kitchens for those in need. 

Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, The Resident

These medical dramas are donating unused supplies — including gloves, gowns, and masks — to hospitals and fire stations in need.

Bethenny Frankel 

The businesswoman and reality star is using her BStrong initiative to provide for healthcare workers and other people in need during the pandemic. Her contributions include thousands of surgical masks, one million hazmat suits, and "corona kits" (which are comprised of masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and other essentials). BStrong has also raised money to aid parents who can't afford lunches for their children. 

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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

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Outreach

Josh Gad

Frozen fave Josh Gad helped did his part for the working parents by virtually reading their children books. 

 

Kevin Bacon

The actor encouraged everyone to stay at home, igniting a social media movement with the hashtag #IStayHomeFor (his is wife Kyra Sedgwick).

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#IStayHomeFor @kikkosedg! Hey everybody, it’s now so important to stay home and keep our distance from others if you are able. It’s one way we can help prevent the spread of #Coronavirus and save lives. The more of us who can, make it safer for those who can’t. 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 6 friends to do the same. Post it with the hashtag #IStayHomeFor so I can see and share. The more folks involved, the merrier – We’re all connected by various degrees (Trust me, I know!) I’m kicking it off with @jimmyfallon @eltonjohn @Brandicarlile @kevinhart4real @ddlovato @davidbeckham – but I encourage YOU ALL to join in too! Let’s use this 6 Degree thing to do some good! . . . . #Corona #Coronavirus #StayHome #StaySafe #6Degrees #ThinkingOfYou #SpreadTheWord

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Lizzo

The singer and flutist led a mediation session for her fans. "A meditation and mantra to promote healing during this global crisis," the "Truth Hurts" performer wrote. 

 

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