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How Celebs Are Giving Back Amid Coronavirus Outbreak: Angelina Jolie Donates $1 Million

Celebrities are doing everything can in order to help others amid concerns over the coronavirus.

No Kid Hungry – a national campaign that aims to end child hunger in America – announced on Wednesday that Angelina Jolie has donated $1M to provide meals for children from low-income families.  

“As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus,” Jolie shared in a statement. “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 organization is working to mobilize support to ensure kids everywhere can eat. Just this past week, for example, tens of thousands of Americans have raised awareness and donated funds on behalf of the nearly 22 million children who rely on school for food.

“Over the past week, people from all walks of life have risen to the unprecedented challenge of feeding hungry kids during a global pandemic,” Billy Shore, founder and executive chair of Share Our Strength (the organization behind No Kid Hungry), shared. “I’ve heard stories of heart-breaking need and immense creativity, but above all persistence – a sense that we won’t let any barrier stand between a child and the healthy meals they need.”

The news comes just a few days after Arnold Schwarzenegger shared that he had helped create a GoFundMe page called the “Frontline Responders Fund,” to provide medical professionals with the critical supplies they need, such as masks, gowns and gloves. The actor also revealed that he had donated $1 million to the fund. 

“I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better, Schwarzenegger wrote. 

“This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and I’m proud to be part of it. I donated 1 million dollars, and I hope that all of you who can will step up to support these heroes,” he added. “Go to the link in my bio to help out.”

Singer-songwriter James Taylor and his wife, Kim Taylor, also contributed $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to support the institution’s ongoing efforts to battle the the pandemic.

“There is no question that it’s a point of pride for New Englanders to claim the MGH as their hospital – our hospital – and this is especially true today with the threat coming from a new and insidious virus,” said James in a statement. “Kim and I want to be part of this fight. We have been so inspired by the courage and sacrifice of the health care heroes in the trenches who are working so hard to protect us all.”

Rihanna‘s Clara Lionel Foundation announced on March 21 that it donated $5 million to the COVID-19 rapid response efforts in the United States and across the globe.

“CLF is supporting on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of disaster response especially those focused on protecting and serving marginalized communities – helping the most vulnerable in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa prepare for what is to come,” a statement read. “Over the past five years CLF has been one of the first organizations to respond to some of the world’s most devastating natural disasters, and they have seen firsthand the profound and unintended consequences of not being prepared.”
 
The funds will support local food banks serving at-risk communities and the elderly in the United States, acceleration of testing and care in countries like Haiti and Malawi, as well as the mobilization of resources and additional capacity and support for Native communities. It will also fund protective equipment for frontline health workers and diagnostic labs, the establishment and maintenance of intensive care units, and acceleration of the development of vaccines and other therapies across the globe, among others.

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