Coronavirus: The celebrities donating millions to help during pandemic

25 March 2020, 16:30 | Updated: 26 March 2020, 16:49

For every bored celebrity putting out a heartfelt or, um, hilarious home-alone video during lockdown, there's another star doing something to help.

Dozens of famous faces are donating to good causes as the coronavirus pandemic grows.

Here's how celebrities have been supporting charities and fundraising efforts.

Angelina Jolie

The Hollywood actress and humanitarian has donated $1m (£843,000) to fight child hunger during the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

She has donated the cash to No Kid Hungry, which will provide meals for children from low-income families across the US while schools are closed.

Jolie, 44, 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."


The singer's Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) has donated $5m (£4.2m) towards organisations in the US and around the world.

Funds will go towards food banks in America, protective equipment for frontline health workers, research to develop a vaccine, and work to accelerate testing and care in countries such as Haiti and Malawi.

In a statement, the foundation said: "Over the past five years CLF has been one of the first organisations to respond to some of the world's most devastating natural disasters, and we've seen firsthand the profound and unintended consequences of not being prepared.

"That's why Clara Lionel Foundation has provided $5 million to the following organisations to immediately mobilise a broad response working with on-the-ground partners that include Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, The World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the International Rescue Committee, and others."

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

The Hollywood couple have donated $1m to help provide food for older people and low-income families.

In a post shared on Instagram, Deadpool star Reynolds said: "COVID-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families.

"Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. If you can give, these orgs need our help.

"Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who's isolated and might need connection."

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