With health-care workers running low on personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some celebrities are stepping up with significant donations. Here are the major celeb donations of the week.
Kyle Jenner Donates $1 Million to L.A. Hospital
Kylie Jenner donated $1 million to the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles this week. The donation will provide “hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields and other protective gear” to health-care workers at the hospital.
“… too many masks at hospitals are disappearing before making their way onto the faces of our front line heroes,” wrote Cedars Sinai Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi, who delivered Jenner’s daughter, Stormi, on Instagram.
“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 @kyliejenner ❤️. You are my hero. This generous donation will help save many precious lives.”
Jenner responded in the comments of the post: “I love you and thank you for all the love and care you put into everything that you do! You’re an angel on earth.”
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I am speechless, my eyes are filled with tears of joy and my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude. I made a wish to the Universe to gather protective masks for our brave healthcare workers and today my dream came true. One of my patients, a beautiful Living Angel just donated $1,000,000 to help us buy hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear which we will have delivered directly to our first responders, as too many masks at hospitals are disappearing before making their way onto the faces of our front line heroes. 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 @kyliejenner ❤️. 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. Thank you X a million….
Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande Send Money to Fans
Taylor Swift publicly stated that she has already donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Feeding America, but she has also made personal donations directly to her fans.
She has been DM’ing fans who have expressed financial difficulties during the COVID-19 crises and offering to send them $3,000 USD.
She initiated one message to a fan named India, reading: “I’m so sorry things are tough right now and I’d like to gift you $3,000 to help you ease that strain. Can you please send me the email address for your PayPal account? Love, Taylor.”
Understandably, the fans she messaged are freaking out.
In summary: I’m shaking and crying and just fell over a rug in my rush to ask my brother if Taylor’s message was real &now I’m probably (definitely) concussed🥺🥰❣️♥️
This virus took my new dream job away but @taylorswift GAVE ME SOME JOY TONIGHT out of pure kindness I’M— #BEKind pic.twitter.com/13nSKM2uZH
— India Rose | “KEEP GROOVIN’/USING CORRECT GRAMMAR” (@hopefulgoodgirl) March 26, 2020
OHHHHH MY FUCKINGGGGFFF SHUT HP SHUT UPS BUT IP SHUT UP THIS CANT BE HAPPENING I CANT STOP SHAKONT I CANT STOP CRUING WHAT THE FUCK TULORLRL pic.twitter.com/8wKUbDfS2x
— samantha (@manthapaige13) March 25, 2020
— bernie (@flower__swift) March 26, 2020
According to TMZ, Ariana Grande has quietly been donating to fans as well via Venmo. Grande also posted an Instagram story last week encouraging fans to donate to food banks and health organizations. “My heart hurts for the small businesses, individuals and families affected by all of this,” she wrote.
Ariana’s Instagram Story (March 19) pic.twitter.com/CNVdy1mDRo
— Ariana Grande Today (@ArianaToday) March 20, 2020
Shawn Mendes Gives Back to SickKids Hospital in Toronto
Though it doesn’t seem like Canadian Shawn Mendes is self-isolating in Canada, he is giving back to local organizations here through his Shawn Foundation, which he created last August.
“The @shawnfoundation & I have been working to find ways to best support COVID-19 relief efforts, and to direct our resources to where we can make a difference,” says an Instagram post from the foundation.
“We’ve made a donation to @sickkidssvs hospital this week to help support the urgent screening and prevention of COVID-19 in my hometown of Toronto. For the next month, all donations to The Shawn Mendes Foundation will go towards SickKids Hospital & relief efforts around the world by the @WHO.”
“We are so grateful to Shawn and The Shawn Mendes Foundation for their continued support of SickKids Foundation and our hospital here in Toronto,” said Ted Garrard, CEO of the SickKids Foundation said in a statement, via ET Canada. “This generous and timely donation will assist our hospital with increased efforts in prevention and screening of COVID-19.”
Angelina Jolie Gives $1 Million to No Kid Hungry
Many families are facing food insecurity in the wake of coronavirus. Angelina Jolie has donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry, an American organization which provides meals for children.
In a press release on the No Kid Hungry website, Jolie 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.”
According to the site, No Kid Hungry issued grants to different school districts, food banks community organizations in a variety of states.
Jolie’s bio on the website also mentions that this week she has made other donations to the UN Refugee Agency as well as UNESCO to support children’s education globally.
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