Hollywood Gives Back As Virus Attacks

By Julie O’Hare

Many Americans are in crisis as the unprecedented future of COVID-19 continues. 

Millions have been advised by the President to self-quarantine at home and take proper precautions when outside. If done correctly, affected countries hope to contain the rapid spread of the virus.

COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has shut down major Hollywood productions and music festivals as well as schools, restaurants and other businesses.

Many are without work unless deemed as an essential employee by the government.

Celebrities and brands have chosen to do their part by giving back to the community, both small and large, in an effort to help. So, who are these notable celebs?

KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have waived rent for their Los Angeles tenants amidst the coronavirus. The couple, who own several residential buildings in the city, forgave payments for the month of April as Americans are urged to stay home unless deemed essential.

But this is not Bell and Shepard only philanthropist act. The couple also donated around $150,000 to No Kid Hungry, an organization that has helped feed children without access to school lunches.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

Similarly, Leonardo DiCaprio, Apple, and the Ford Foundation kickstarted the launch for America’s Food Fund with $12 million.

KIM KARDASHIAN-WEST

In an effort to make college students more engaged as they have switched to online classes, Kim Kardashian joined a Georgetown University zoom meeting. Kardashian discussed her journey as she continues to campaign for prison reform.

Philippa O’Hagan, an enrolled student in the course, spoke to her college paper and said, “Kim’s visit to our Zoom class was not only the morale boost we all needed but a powerful example of what this class is all about.” The course explores the forgotten humanity of prisoners.

Additionally, Kardashian has donated $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts.

Bruno Mars has donated $1 million to the MGM Resorts Foundation to contribute towards MGM employees.

“With the closures across Las Vegas, Bruno wanted to show his appreciation to the amazing employees who help make these shows possible in hopes that we’ll all be out of this situation and having fun together again very soon,” his representative said in a statement.

KYLIE JENNER

Kylie Jenner donated $1 million to her doctor to help buy thousands of masks, protective face shields and other gear that is to be delivered to first responders. On Instagram, the doctor thanked the celeb by calling her “A beautiful Living Angel…”

RYAN REYNOLDS

Ryan Reynolds partnered up with Aviation Gin and announced: “Until May 1st, for every bottle of Aviation ordered online, we’ll donate 30% of proceeds as a tip to your bartenders – who REALLY miss you btw.”

BETHENNY FRANKEL

The former Real Housewife, Bethenny Frankel, also donated around a million medical masks and healthcare kits to hospitals around the country through her BStrong Organization.

DONATELLA VERSACE

Celebrities aren’t the only ones giving back, luxury brands are too. Gucci has donated 1 million euros to Italy’s National Civil Protection Department, Donatella Versace donated 200,000 euros to Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital and the Carla Fendi Foundation, and Fendi has gifted 100,000 euros to Rome’s Presidio Sanitario Columbus Hospital.

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