The world is experiencing trying times as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and people are rising to the call of humanity—helping in their various capacities in the different means and manners with which they can all to ensure that humanity does not perish and that humans prevail in the fight against this virus.
Those at the front line have become heroes—medical personnel and health care professionals, essential workers like grocery-store keepers and others have so far been doing great and keep encouraging humanity to keep fighting.
It’s in a bid to encourage not just those at the frontline but also to encourage humanity to keep going that many celebrities have also risen and answered the call of duty to humanity in their own ways. Some of the celebrities and their contributions so far include:
Lady Gaga: In collaboration with Global Citizen organization, she has been able to raise more than $35 million which is for the purchase of protective equipment for health care workers, and she also curated a World Health Organization benefit concert scheduled for Saturday, April 18 which will have the presence of many other artists that will be performing to the world.
Stephen and Ayesha Curry: The couple launched a fundraiser aimed at providing daily meals to children who depend on school food for sustenance, the Feeding America online fundraiser by April 2 had been able to raise more than $160,000 for its cause.
Rihanna: The pop-star celebrity and fashion mogul has been doing her own bit too, with her foundation The Clara Lionel Foundation founded back in 2012 in honour of her grandparents, the celebrity has donated a sum total of $5 million to bodies like Direct Relief, Feeding America, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and other organizations that are fighting COVID-19.
Leonardo DiCaprio: The super talented actor alongside philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs launched a charity aimed at helping low-income families, the elderly, those facing job losses, and children who rely on school meals survive through these hard times. Through America’s Food Fund, the duo has raised, as of April 3, $12 million to assist those and other suffering communities.
Oprah Winfrey: The iconic talk show host has not been left out in all theses good works as she herself has played her part, on her Instagram page she wrote, “I believe that America’s Food Fund will be a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbours in need,” and to that effect, she donated in all, $10 million to coronavirus relief, including $1 million to America’s Food Fund.
Dolly Parton: The country music goddess has shifted her focus to a more direct area in the fight against the virus by focusing on the vaccine to bring an end to the chaos. To that cause, she last week donated $1 million to bodies in charge of finding a vaccine.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds: As part of those who first contributed to the fight against COVID-19, both directed their resources to food banks that were struggling under the tough conditions created by the virus by donating $1 million mid-March.
Ciara and Russell Wilson: The power couple has also joined in on the fight to make a difference in their community in local Seattle by pledging to donate a million meals to a food bank in their community, local Seattle.
Jay-Z and Meek Mill: Both turned their attention to a group of people that are often stigmatized and marginalized by the society, the inmates, and with their foundation which they co-founded more than a year ago for a prison-reform alliance, both artists have donated 100,000 surgical masks for the usage and protection of inmates in prisons and jails across the country.
Kylie Jenner: The young millionaire and beauty mogul, founder of Kylie Cosmetics has played her own part in collaboration with her mother Kris, and also with cosmetics company Coty Inc which bought a stake in her company by donating $1 million for the funding of protective gears for hospital workers in Los Angeles and has also promised to divert funds for the production of hand sanitizers for hospitals.
Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel: The power couple have donated a sum total of $10 million to numerous charities and nonprofit organizations around Los Angeles such as Allies for Every Child, Homeboy Industries, Koreatown Youth Community Center, Proyecto Pastoral, and the Venice Family Clinic that are providing relief to people during these hard times.
Halsey: On her instagram page she wrote, “Every single day I am in awe of the medical workers on the frontlines. Their determination, selflessness and empathy is the single greatest example of our capacity to love and survive as humans.” It’s with that awe that she announced her purchase of 100,000 masks which she planned to distribute to various health care centers fighting the good fight like Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph, LAC+USC Medical Center, and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital.
Roger Federer: The tennis star and wife have done their part in their native Switzerland by donating around $1 million to help vulnerable families fighting COVID-19 and with his words there is more to come as he wrote in his Instagram page, “Our contribution is just a start. We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need.”