2020 has been shaken to its core thanks to a global pandemic. Unfortunately, it is a problem we continue to battle more than halfway through the year. The need for research, protective equipment, and other relief is still high.
Thankfully, some compassionate celebrities have stepped forward to provide aide and make a positive impact on the world. Through their wealth and status, they not only help fight the virus, but spread awareness to their millions of fans. Learn a little more about the organizations that celebrities are supporting below.
Rihanna regularly donates to a number of organizations through her Clara Lionel Foundation— an organization dedicated to providing funds for health and emergency response programs around the world. Through the nonprofit, Rihanna has donated five million dollars to Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee, World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and more. The donations support underserved communities that struggle due to the global pandemic, as well as the healthcare professionals who have been working to keep everyone save.
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We’ve responded to COVID-19 by distributing $5 million in grants to @PartnersInHealth @DirectRelief @FeedingAmerica @RescueOrg @WHO and #Barbados to prepare communities w/ critical protective gear, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across multiple countries and regions. #CLF #HealthcareHeroes 📷: Partners in Health
Old-time singer-songwriter James Taylor wanted to provide relief to his home state of Massachusetts– an area that was hit hard during the first few months of coronavirus. To offset the needs of medical personnel, Taylor and his wife donated one million dollars to Massachusetts General Hospital. The donation will support the development of in-house testing, establishing a coronavirus hotline, the transformation of hospital spaces to accommodate COVID patients, expanding telemedicine capabilities, and the purchase of personal protective equipment.
“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,” Taylor says 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.”
Shakira has made an impact her home-country of Colombia. With the rising need for ventilators and N95 masks for health care workers, Shakira took it upon herself to provide the people of her home down, Barranquilla, with the supplies they need. The mayor of Barranquilla, Jaime Pumarejo, posted his gratitude on Twitter:
“One of the most beloved Barranquilleras in the world is @shakira, and she is also one of the people who most love Barranquilla. Huge thank you for your contribution of thousands of N95 masks for our health care workers, and ventilators that will save lives.”
Una de las barranquilleras más queridas en el mundo es @shakira y también una de las personas que más ama a esta ciudad.
Muchas gracias por sumarte con miles de tapabocas para nuestro personal de salud pública, y con respiradores que salvarán vidas. pic.twitter.com/M1Yxn27ViI
— Jaime Pumarejo (@jaimepumarejo) April 30, 2020
In the name of research, country legend Dolly Parton announced her donation of one million dollars to Vanderbilt University. She explains in a Twitter post that Dr. Naji Abumrad, a longtime friend, informed her of the advancements the school was making towards a coronavirus cure. In an effort to help, Parton decided to help him and his team get a little closer to the cure by funding the research.
Over the many months since coronavirus has hit the United States, Eminem has helped provide support in a unique ways. In an effort to foster a philanthropic side in others, he announced that he is donating a pair of his rare Exminem X Carhartt Air Jordans— so rare, in fact, that they’re worth about $20,000. Tickets for a chance to win these shoes were $10. Proceeds were to benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
To directly benefit Detroit-area healthcare workers who have been working insane hours throughout the coronavirus pandemic (especially when Detroit was hit so hard), he donated cups of his “Mom’s Spaghetti” to provide these brave men and women a hot meal.
Cleanin’ out my closet… donating extra pair of my @Jumpman23 @Carhartt 4’s along with a vintage T to @stockx. Proceeds go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. https://t.co/ejD56Gr6Gd pic.twitter.com/xeLoNhlINu
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 29, 2020
Musical artist The Weeknd donated one million dollars to COVID-19 relief efforts. The donation was split between two organizations. Half to MusiCares, an organization dedicated to health, financial, and rehabilitation assistance to musicians in times of need. The other half went to the front-line healthcare workers of the Scarborough Health Network, a Canadian organization.