Celebrities Giving Back for Coronavirus Relief

April 13, 2020

From hospitals running out of vital medical supplies to families being cut off from food due to social grooming, the novel coronavirus is taking a heavy toll around the world. Now, celebrities are committing their time, money and resources to help alleviate the crisis on all fronts. From music to technology, these celebrities have gone public with their good deeds.

Donatella and Allegra Versace.

The fashion powerhouse and her daughter have pledged more than €200,000 to support the San Rafael Hospital in the designer’s hometown of Milan. Italy is one of the countries hardest hit by the virus, with more than 10,000 deaths.

Lizzo.

The “Truth Hurts” singer donated hot lunches to medical professionals across the country while promoting the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The talented celebrity also led flute-centric meditations on her Instagram, giving her followers some moments of peace throughout the pandemic.

Rihanna.

The multi-hyphenate star has pledged $5 million through her foundation to support organizations like WHO and Feeding America. She also donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to New York State, which was thanked by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Ariana Grande.
Grande took to Instagram to announce the list of organizations and charities she will be donating to, including Opportunity Fund and Feeding America, while encouraging her 178 million followers to do the same.

Bethenny Frankel.
The “Real Housewives” star is making and donating hundreds of thousands of supplies to local hospitals on the East Coast, including “coronakits” to health care workers who “need hydration, disinfection and immunity-building supplies.”

Kylie Jenner.
The little Kardashian sister donated $1 million to a hospital in Los Angeles to purchase masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment. Jenner’s doctor even took to Instagram to write a thoughtful thank you note to the beauty mogul.

Angelina Jolie.
The actress has pledged to donate $1 million to No Kid Hungry, an organization that fights child hunger in the United States.” As of this week, more than 1 billion children worldwide are out of school due to coronavirus-related suspensions,” Jolie said in a statement.” Many children depend on the care and nutrition they receive during school hours, including the nearly 22 million children in the U.S. who rely on food support, and No Kid Hungry is making a determined effort to help as many of these children as possible.”

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
The TV host and her Riverdale star husband have donated $1 million for disaster relief, part of which will be used to buy much-needed ventilators for New York hospitals. New York is one of the states hardest hit by the virus, with more than 75,000 confirmed cases as of press time.

Christian Siriano.

American fashion designer redirects his business to producing face masks, which he hopes to produce “hundreds of masks a day”.

Bill and Melinda Gates.
These tech billionaires have pledged to donate $100 million through their foundation to “improve the detection, isolation and treatment of the virus” in hopes of finding a vaccine and protecting at-risk populations.

Shawn Mendes.

Through the singer’s foundation, he donated to the Hospital for Sick Children in his hometown of Toronto to support COVID-19 testing and treatment, as well as the World Health Organization’s relief efforts.