How Celebs Are Helping Others During the Coronavirus Pandemic

These celebrities are donating time and money to help fund relief efforts amid the global coronavirus pandemic

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

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The Hobbs & Shaw actor, 48, shared a video on Instagram revealing a gift he sent the Ridgefield Fire Department in New Jersey to show his appreciation. Johnson outfitted the rescue workers with brand-new pairs of his Project Rock Under Armour shoes.

"Glad you (bad asses) got my note - Ridgefield Fire Department ... ✍🏽 😉 A very small way of us saying, THANK YOU to you guys and all our first responders across our country," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "I see you and we're grateful to you for always taking care of our families and communities."

The donation came days after Johnson announced that he and his immediate family all contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio
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Ambrosio teamed up with artist Judy Konkoly as well as her supermodel friends Heidi Klum, Lily Aldridge, Miranda Kerr, Barbara Palvin and Irina Shayk for an online auction benefiting Gates Philanthropy Partners' efforts to combat the pandemic. Konkoly created six one-of-a-kind portraits of the models, which are now being auctioned exclusively on LiveAuctioneers through Aug. 29.

"This pandemic has brought devastation to people all around the world, and it is my hope that these one-of-a-kind paintings can raise much-needed funds and contribute in a meaningful way to support those who have been hit the hardest by the spread of COVID-19," Ambrosio said in a statement.

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Serena Williams

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The tennis star announced her goal to "donate 4.25 million masks to underserved schools and provide educational materials about masks to 54 million students and all 115,00 schools in the United States."

"In addition to donating 4.25 million masks, another mask will be donated for each one purchased by the schools. I'm grateful to be able to help educate our schools about this resource, and to be given the opportunity to serve so many students," Williams wrote on Instagram.

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Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz in Colombia, Bogota - 21 Mar 2019

Through his Let Love Rule Foundation, the "American Woman" rocker recently launched a food voucher campaign to support the people of the Bahamas - where he lives part-time on the rural island of Eleuthera.

"It is an honor and responsibility for me to care for the beautiful people of The Bahamas," Kravitz told PEOPLE on June 25. "From the dental and medical clinics we do each year, to now this with the food vouchers, I am always looking at finding new ways to support the people who live here in any way I can."

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Rihanna accepts the President’s Award onstage during the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET, at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2020
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The "Work" singer announced on June 18 that her Clara Lionel Foundation has once again partnered with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's #StartSmall initiative to pledge more than $15 million to "organizations focused on addressing mental health issues, food insecurity, income loss and the needs of individuals excluded from federal stimulus programs in Newark and Chicago."

Additionally, in mid-March, the singer's Clara Lionel Foundation gave $5 million to aid coronavirus prevention, preparation and 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," the foundation said in a statement.

"Never has it been more important or urgent to protect and prepare marginalized and underserved communities-those who will be hit hardest by this pandemic," added Justine Lucas, Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation.

The contribution will benefit Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America the International Rescue Committee and World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, among others.

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Matthew & Camila McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey
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The actor and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey donated masks to frontline workers around his home state of Texas.

"Thanks to @lincoln for donating 110 thousand masks - me and @camilamcconaughey hitting the road to get em to rural hospitals in need across Texas," McConaughey shared on Instagram.

Earlier in the pandemic, the pair donated masks to a hospital in Austin, and have been helping around the Lone Star State since.

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Katherine Waterston & Jude Law

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Katherine Waterston recently launched a new initiative in the UK called Spare Hand, which works to connect community organizations with volunteers. The platform is perfect for those with unpredictable schedules who might find themselves with free time on short notice, and are seeking to find a way to help. The organization is currently helping to deliver meals and assist other charities helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This week saw Jude Law and Waterston herself stop by to lend a hand.

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Vanessa Kirby

The Crown's Vanessa Kirby also showed support for Waterston's new venture, joining her for a day of volunteering with Spare Hand's meal deliveries as well.

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Drew Barrymore

The Santa Clarita Diet star is partnering with McCormick Spice to donate $1 million to No Kid Hungry, she announced in a May 15 Instagram video. "I am so honored to be part of this moment! This is one of the most meaningful things I have ever been lucky enough to be a part of," she wrote alongside the video. "Thank you @mccormickspice for including me in this abundant generosity."

As part of her partnership, the actress hosted a virtual Taco Tuesday night on May 19 on Instagram Live to encourage others to donate to the charitable effort.

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George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Hugh Jackman & More

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A slew of Hollywood stars came together for a May 15 fundraiser benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Fund's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which helps support workers in the entertainment industry, particularly those behind-the-scenes.

The one-hour virtual event, "We All Play Our Part: A Benefit for MPTF," was hosted by Community alum Yvette Nicole Brown and Dancing with the Stars' Tom Bergeron, and featured stories, poignant messages, musical performances and comedy.

Household names including George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Jodie Foster, Kris Jenner, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Pierce Brosnan, Wanda Sykes, and Ken Jeong joined in on the event.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio attends a BAFTA screening of 'The Revenant'
Leonardo DiCaprio attends BAFTA screening of 'The Revenant'. Dave J Hogan/Getty

America's Food Fund, the fundraising initiative led by DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple, with support from Ford Foundation, surpassed $25 million in donations on May 12 (thanks in part to Oprah Winfrey). In addition, the Fund recently added No Kid Hungry, Save the Children US and Urban School Food Alliance as beneficiaries, in addition to Feeding America and World Central Kitchen.

DiCaprio has been particularly active in raising money and awareness for causes during the pandemic, partaking also in the All In Challenge, offering a walk-on role in his next movie and tickets to the premiere, raising $1.6 million in the process.

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Tina Fey

$115 million raised during "Rise Up New York!" telethon hosted by Tina Fey
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The Emmy winner and 30 Rock alum hosted the star-studded Rise Up New York! The Robin Hood Relief Benefit - a virtual telethon that raised funds for the city's leading poverty-fighting organization on May 11.

Fey got emotional upon seeing the final tally for how much the benefit had raised. "Is this real?" she asked producers, seeing the number for the first time. "Okay. $115 million. We did this. You did this. We are difference makers. $115 million! What a great day for New York.

"Thank you, for everyone, who gave and gave and gave, all over the world," Fey said, holding back tears. "There's so much more to do. Please visit Donate. Share it. Tell your friends. Please. Let's keep this going."

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Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara attends the "America's Got Talent" Season 15 Kickoff at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 04, 2020 in Pasadena, California.
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The actress and her foundation are teaming with microfinance non-profit in hopes of raising $50 million to crowdfund support for more than 1 million marginalized organizations and individuals impacted by COVID-19. Already, they've managed to secure $5 million from larger corporations. "Microfinance not only provides people with the resources to make their lives immediately better, but it also fuels local economies, creates jobs, and helps inspire new business endeavors," Vergara said in a release. "From small shop owners in my home country of Colombia to artists in LA, entrepreneurs and small businesses around the world need our help to survive and recover from this devastating pandemic."

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Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber

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While a Bieber x Grande collab is already a gift to many fans, the 26-year-old pop stars announced on May 1 that all net proceeds from sales and streams of their new duet "Stuck with U" will benefit the children of first responders impacted by COVID-19.

"Very excited because we have finally done it. And it's really good. I'm releasing a new song #StuckwithU with my friend @ArianaGrande next Friday on May 8th Working with our family at @sb_projects and universal music group proceeds from the sales and streams of #StuckwithU will fund grants and scholarships for children of first responders who have been impacted by COVID-19 in partnership with the First Responders Children's Foundation @1strcf," Bieber shared on Instagram.

"Grateful to announce that my friend and I have partnered with @1strcf and @sb_projects on this release. Proceeds from the streams and sales of #stuckwithu will be donated to first responders children's foundation to fund grants and scholarships for children of healthcare workers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, police officers and firefighters serving at the front lines during the global pandemic," Grande added on Instagram.

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The "Hips Don't Lie" singer donated thousands of N95 masks and ventilators to health care workers in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia at the end of April.

The Mayor of Barranquilla thanked her on Twitter, writing a message in Spanish that translates as: "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."

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Machine Gun Kelly

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On May 1, rapper Machine Gun Kelly (birth name: Colson Baker) provided free take-out meals at twelve restaurants around Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition to supporting local businesses and the community, his donation also included over 40,000 meals to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

"In the spirit of EST (Everyone Stands Together) it's important that people come together during this time and help out where they can. We want to support the community and local businesses and also the people of Cleveland. Stay safe and healthy," the rapper said in a statement.

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Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher

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The Who Is America? star and his wife, actress Isla Fisher, partnered with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and the Daily Mail's new initiative, Mail Force, to donate a plane full of personal protective equipment (PPE) to those fighting coronavirus on the front lines in England on April 28.

The comedian commented on Benioff's announcement of the delivery to London's Heathrow Airport on Twitter, encouraging other businesses to follow suit.

"Isla and I are so happy to have such persistent and generous partners in getting this done. Businesses please follow and get PPE in," he wrote, adding that they can partner with Project Hope in the United States or Mail Force in the U.K.

According to Page Six, the shipment included 50,000 coveralls and 100,000 masks.

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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

The Oscar-winning actress, 47, is donating Miku breathing monitors to facilities in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama and New York, the epicenter of the pandemic.

"I, like many of you, have felt helpless in knowing how to help during this time," Spencer wrote on Instagram April 28.

"Seeing what is happening in the communities that I love, I have teamed up with @Mikucare to donate monitors to nursing and medical facilities in Alabama and New York to provide much needed relief to nurses as they navigate care for COVID-19 patients," she continued, sharing a photo of a medical care worker.

The monitors that the Ma star is donating are contactless, and offer "the ability to detect nuanced changes in breathing patterns."

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Megan Thee Stallion

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The rapper - who is pursuing her bachelor's degree in health education and hopes to one day open her own assisted living facility - is donating to Park Manor, a nursing facility in her hometown of Houston, Texas.

"[Park Manor] was one of the first places I wanted to donate to in my city. I just feel like these are all things that are going to take me in the right direction to start opening my own facility," she told PEOPLE. "It's in my hometown, so I felt like it was only right. I know a lot of people who are struggling with their grandparents. They can't see their grandparents right now, so I teamed up with Amazon and we gave them these devices where you can video chat with your people."

"I feel like that was super important because I love my grandma and I can't even see her right now," added the star. "I just felt like, I know I'm not the only person going through that, so that's why I wanted to do that."

Megan has also been donating to fans impacted by the pandemic financially via Cash App on Twitter.

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The Grammy winner announced on April 22 that she has committed $6 million through her BeyGOOD initiative in partnership with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's #StartSmall to help those most affected by the coronavirus crisis, particularly those on the frontlines who will need assistance even after the pandemic.

"Beyoncé's BeyGOOD recognizes the immense mental and personal health burdens being placed on essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic," a rep for Beyoncé said in a statement.

"In our major cities, African-Americans comprise a disproportionate number of workers in these indispensable occupations, and they will need mental health support and personal wellness care, including testing and medical services, food supplies and food deliveries, both during and after the crisis."

The philanthropic movement is also partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide support in Houston, New York, New Orleans and Detroit. Personal wellness support will also aid United Memorial Medical Center, Bread of Life, Matthew 25 and several more organizations.

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Drew Barrymore

The actress donated $100,000 to Feeding America and partnered with Uber to get the word out about the company's #MoveWhatMatters campaign, for which Uber will donate up $10 per tagged post (up to $50,000) to the same organization, providing meals to food-insecure families. Dove Cameron and Yara Shahidi are also on board, adding in $50,000 apiece.

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The Cast of Friends

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The stars of the hit sitcom (from left: David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc) are among the many stars putting up once-in-a-lifetime prizes in exchange for donations to the All-In Challenge, which raises money for charities helping with food insecurity. The castmates are offering an all-expenses-paid trip to watch them film their HBO reunion special; other potential prizes include Justin Bieber singing "One Less Lonely Girl" to you personally, a flight for you and seven friends on Drake's jet, and the chance to co-host with Ellen DeGeneres. (Most cost just $10 to enter!)

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Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron
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Theron, her foundation, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, and their partners CARE and the Entertainment Industry Foundation launched ​Together for Her ​to send funds and support the global fight against gender-based violence during COVID-19.

Theron and CTAOP are committing $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, with $500,000 specifically designated toward trusted domestic violence shelters and community-based programs through ​Together for Her​.

Donations to Together for Her will help critical services like safe accommodation/shelter, case management, psycho-social support and counseling, helplines, crisis intervention, sexual and reproductive health services, legal services, community-based prevention and advocacy work to address gender-based violence, and additional support mechanisms for women and children experiencing domestic violence.

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Michael Jordan

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The NBA legend is donating all of the proceeds from The Last Dance docuseries to charity.

The popular ESPN 10-episode series that premiered on April 19 will garner Jordan roughly $3 million to $4 million, according to Forbes.

"Michael has already committed to donating to Friends of the Children, a national non-profit that provides vulnerable children, ages 4-6, with professional mentors who stay with them from kindergarten through graduation, and we are vetting additional Coronavirus-related causes," a rep for Jordan told PEOPLE.

The first two parts of The Last Dance brought in more than 6 million viewers, making it the most watched docuseries on ESPN in history, CNN reported.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards, March 26, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA.
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Paltrow is doing her part to help coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts.

On April 18, the actress shared on Instagram that she will be auctioning off the "sentimental" dress she wore to the 2000 Academy Awards to All-In, an initiative that aims to raise $100 million for non-profit organizations that support vulnerable communities amid the pandemic.

"In an effort to focus on organizations providing food assistance, I have joined the #allinchallenge which is raising money for @mealsonwheelsamerica, @nokidhungry, @wckitchen, @feedingamerica and @americasfoodfund," Paltrow wrote alongside the video announcement.

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Marissa Hermer

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The Ladies of London alumna and her husband Matt Hermer own two Los Angeles-based restaurants, The Draycott and Olivetta, and have created a program that allows their employees to keep working while helping out those in need.

Aptly titled "You Give. We Cook. They Eat," their GoFundMe is accepting donations to support their teams so that they can continue to cook and deliver meals to medical workers, first responders, the elderly and others.

"We've been donating meals to those in need the last few weeks because we can," reads the fundraiser description. "We want to donate more - but as our own restaurant industry is facing a crisis of our own, we need your help."

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Lady Gaga & Friends

Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli
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The singer led the epic star-studded One World: Together at Home benefit concert on April 18, which featured performances from Céline Dion (pictured, left), Andrea Bocelli (pictured, right), Billie Eilish, Elton John, John Legend, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Kacey Musgraves and more artists.

The A-list special raised nearly $128 million through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support local and regional charities providing food, shelter and healthcare to those in need amid the ongoing health crisis.

Gaga previously revealed that she and Global Citizen raised $35 million for the World Health Organization.

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Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
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On April 19, the couple announced their new partnership with Nocking Point Wines and Battle Creek Vineyards to launch their very own Quarantine Wine - with 100 percent of their profits to be donated to various charities helping with coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts.

"Hi guys, we are launching Quarantine Wine," Kutcher said in a video with Kunis on Twitter.

"One-hundred percent, that's right, 100 percent of the profits will go to a handful of charities that we have vetted for you and are so proud of during this time," Kunis said in a video on Twitter. "Anything from feeding families who have fallen on hard times …"

"To supplying PPE equipment to frontline medical workers," her husband chimed in. "To helping small businesses and people who are in distress recover."

The four charities chosen by the couple include Give Directly, Direct Relief, The Frontline Responders Fund and America's Food Fund.

"We had fun testing the wine, and it was delicious," Kunis added in the video.

"Here's a toast to you, and to everything you're doing to keep people safe," Kutcher said.

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Khloé Kardashian

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The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star surprised elderly shoppers by covering their groceries at various stores in the Los Angeles area in mid-April.

TMZ was the first to report the news. According to the outlet, Kardashian picked up the tab for shoppers at various Trader Joe's and Ralphs supermarkets, which have been opening early to allow seniors time to shop before other customers.

Additionally, Kardashian also bought store gift cards for more than 200 employees throughout the different stores.

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Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen

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The NFL star and supermodel have donated to several organizations since the start of the public health crisis.

On April 2, Brady announced that he had partnered with Wheels Up to donate 10 million meals to Feeding America.

Bündchen also spoke about giving back and supporting others amid the coronavirus pandemic, noting that she has created a special fund to do so.

"I wanted to share some organizations that I am donating to in case anyone would like to support them too. In Brazil, in addition to supporting the Santa Casa de Misericórdia hospital in Porto Alegre, I am creating a special fund, called Luz Alliance, in partnership with the @brazilfound, to help children, the elderly and the most vulnerable families, through the donation of food and hygiene kits," Bündchen said.

Brady and Bündchen donated 750,000 meals to a food bank in Tampa Bay, Florida, and matched that donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank as well.

"Now more than ever, we need to have solidarity and empathy," the supermodel said on Instagram on April 18.

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DJ Envy

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The Breakfast Club host, whose birth name is Raashaun Casey, has raised more than $100,000 to help his fellow artists and DJS who are out of work due to the pandemic.

"I'm a DJ and I know how tough it is for DJs at this time," Casey told PEOPLE. "Most don't have healthcare, savings, retirement plans or have their businesses set up where they can get a stimulus check. So how can they provide food on their table? I knew I had to help."

Casey hosted a live Instagram on Easter Sunday which featured 12 hours of music from 13 different DJs. His initial goal was to raise $50,000, but the final amount was more than double.

"The response was amazing," says Casey. "We raised over $106K in 12 hours. I loved it. DJs supporting DJs."

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Michael Che

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After the Saturday Night Live star's grandmother died of COVID-19 in early April, he pledged to pay rent for all the residents in his her former New York City apartment.

"It's crazy to me that residents of public housing are still expected to pay their rent when so many New Yorkers can't even work," Che wrote on Instagram on April 15.

"Obviously I can't offer much help by myself," he continued. "But in the spirit and memory of my late grandmother, I'm paying one month's rent for all 160 apartments in the NYCHA building she lived in."

"I know that's just a drop in the bucket," the comedian added. "So I really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST."

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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi

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During a sneak peek of an at-home episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, set to air on April 17, the host announced that she and her wife are donating $1 million to the All-In Challenge, an initiative that aims to raise $100 million for non-profit organizations supporting vulnerable communities amid the coronavirus crisis.

A few of the organizations taking part in the initiative include Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America's Food Fund, Feeding America and World Central Kitchen.

DeGeneres and de Rossi were inspired to donate to the campaign after being nominated to do so by Leonardo DiCaprio and his Killers of the Flower Moon co-star Robert De Niro.

"There are just some things that we can't ignore, and just when I thought I couldn't love him more, listen to what my friend Leo DiCaprio is doing," DeGeneres said on her show. "He started something called the All-In Challenge. He's trying to raise $100 million for a bunch of different charities who are helping feed Americans during this crisis."

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Amy Schumer

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The actress and comedian donated 2,500 KN95 masks to the New York hospital where her childhood best friend Jen Cloudman works as a nurse caring for patients with COVID-19.

The Trainwreck star, 38, teamed up with Bethenny Frankel's foundation BStrong to make the donation in early April.

Schumer was determined to help, Cloudman tells PEOPLE, after she heard that her friend and fellow nurses at Mount Sinai South Nassau were "so afraid of running out" of the medical masks currently in short supply across the country.

The donation also included 2,500 surgical masks and 2,500 "corona kits" with sanitizer and prevention essentials. In a moving video shared to her Instagram, Schumer and the hospital staff in Oceanside, New York, got to thank each other through FaceTime after the supplies arrived.

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Ed Sheeran

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The pop star has made donations totaling $1.25 million to charities in his native Suffolk, England, PEOPLE confirms.

"It is a horrible time and Ed wants to do what he can to help," a source close to the singer told The Sun. "He has split a seven-figure sum between local charities to try to ease the strain on his local community. Ed is very involved in the area and knows that his donations will make a massive difference. They are extremely grateful."

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Miley Cyrus & Cody Simpson

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The stars are doing their part to make sure their healthcare workers are well fed: Cyrus and Simpson donated more than 100 taco meals to a local hospital, Simpson shared on Instagram on April 4.

"During a pandemic, we have to show love and support to all the healthcare workers doing their amazing job. So, we are doing a big taco delivery to a local hospital," the Australian singer and poet said in a video.

"So grateful for these true legends of our time dedicating their lives to battling this pandemic. Show some love to yours in your community!" Simpson added in another post.

On April 13, Cyrus kicked off "Highlighting Heroes" as part of her Bright Minded Instagram Live show. This week's episodes will "honor the incredible heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic who are working tirelessly and courageously to serve others during this critical time," according to a press release.

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Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest
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The Live with Kelly and Ryan host is donating $1 million to help with coronavirus relief efforts in New York and Los Angeles, including $750,000 dedicated to first responders in New York.

"New York and Los Angeles are very special places to me and so I wanted to do something in the immediate to give back in these unprecedented times," Seacrest announced to PEOPLE exclusively on April 13.

"After seeing a news report about first responders sleeping in their cars in New York to avoid putting their loved ones at risk, I wanted to do something to help make sure these New Yorkers stay safe while they're away from their families busy taking care of ours," he said.

Three-quarters of Seacrest's donation will be set aside to house and feed 200 first responders with the FDNY and EMTs in apartment housing in New York City for the next six weeks through the First Responders Children's Foundation.

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Tyler Perry

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Perry, who has a long history of giving back, surprised elderly shoppers in his hometown of Atlanta as well as his native New Orleans on April 8 by paying for their groceries.

The TV and movie mogul covered the cost of groceries for all elderly shoppers at 44 Kroger stores in Atlanta and 29 Winn-Dixie stores in New Orleans during the hour reserved for older customers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"He wanted to do something special to provide immediate relief for some of the most vulnerable in the two cities he considers home," a source told PEOPLE.

His act of kindness comes after Perry recently gave $21,000 in tips for workers at an Atlanta restaurant while picking up takeout.

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Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock
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Bullock's boyfriend, Bryan Randall, shared a photo of the actress standing behind a worker while at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles on April 9. In his caption, Randall revealed it was Bullock's two children, son Louis, 10, and daughter Laila, 8, who came up with the idea of donating N95 masks to first responders

"Kids wanted to give masks. 6000 of them went to the warriors on the front lines in downtown LA," Randall wrote in the caption. "Thank you Olivia at #adventistwhitememorial. Thank you Ricardo at #childrenshospitallosangeles… Louis and Lailas note could not have said it better."

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Mark Kassen

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The director and producer launched the COVID Help Network on April 3 to help get medical supplies to where they are most needed.

The online platform - launched via Kassen's Like Minded Media Ventures production company, in partnership with global medical technology company Masimo, and the Patient Safety Movement - connects federal governments and health care facilities with companies that are working to manufacture emergency medical resources.

"At this moment, there is no one more giving than health care workers and first responders," Kassen said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "It's the least we can do to try and put our team and technology to work connecting the people in need with the many talented designers and manufactures in our community that can be employed to help."

The COVID Help Network has already linked more than 250 health care facilities to businesses that are working to supply them.

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Pink with son Jameson. pink/instagram

After revealing on April 3 that she and her 3-year-old son, Jameson, both tested COVID-19 positive in March, the singer announced she'd be making donations to help fight the disease.

"In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center," she wrote on Instagram. "Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund."

After recovering, the singer also made batches of homemade soup for donation, and encouraged her followers to do the same. "Find your local church, find your local shelter, reach out to them, get some friends together, and cook some soup. Feed some folks. Best soup I ever made."

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Matthew & Camila Alves McConaughey

McConaughey donate 80k masks to frontline heroes
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The couple is working closely with Bethenny Frankel's disaster relief initiative BStrong to ensure first responders across the Unites States are getting masks and supplies they need to stay safe throughout this crisis.

"Matt and I were able to get approximately 80,000 masks, and it's a combination of surgical masks and KN95 masks that will be distributed between Austin and New Orleans, where they were getting hit pretty hard as well," Camila told PEOPLE on April 10. "It was important for us to make sure that here in Austin, not just the hospitals got them, but also the police department and the fire department as well. In this moment, we've got to find ways to help both sides because they're all on the front line right now and we can't afford to lose any of them."

Earlier in the week, the Oscar winner and his wife Camila, along with two of their kids and McConaughey's mom Kay, joined a Zoom call to play Bingo with a few seniors in their home state of Texas.

The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living posted a video of the call on Facebook, showing the moment McConaughey called out a chip that lead to two potential winners.

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George & Amal Clooney

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The Clooneys chose six different charities close to their hearts to receive more than $1 million in donations.

Deadline was first to report the news, noting that the couple donated $250,000 each to the Motion Picture and Television Fund (which George serves on the board of), the SAG-AFTRA Fund and the Los Angeles Mayor's Fund.

Additionally, the Clooneys donated $300,000 to three international charities: the Lebanese Food Bank, the National Health Service COVID-19 appeal, and the Lombardo Italy Region, the latter of which directly supports local hospitals in the Lombardo region, where the couple have a home.

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Whitney Cummings & Friends

Whitney Cummings
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The Comedy Store will be broadcasting a live on-camera podcast event on Tuesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. ET with many of its leading comedians to raise funds to support The Comedy Store Family Fund. This will air live as three separate one-hour episodes on YouTube, Twitch and, followed by an "on demand" broadcast through The Comedy Store Channel on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and Xbox. Audiences will be able to donate directly to The Comedy Store Family Fund by text message through an interactive feature during the specials, which star Whitney Cummings, Chris D'Elia, Bobby Lee, Andrew Santino and Tim Dillon, among others.

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Grady Jarrett

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The Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle is helping feed first responders in both the city, as well as his hometown in Georgia's Rockdale County, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

The first delivery of meals to firefighters and police began on April 4, and will continue twice a week for the rest of the month, the outlet said.

"It's very, very admirable for them to go out there and do what they've got to do," said Jarrett in an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta.

He continued, "It's technically not my job but I feel like it's part of my duty being a big face in the city and being from Rockdale County, I'm going to always try and serve where I can, especially in times of need."

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The Hilton Family

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On April 8, the Hilton Foundation - a non-profit established by hotel entrepreneur and the great-grandfather of Paris and Nicky Rothschild Hilton, Conrad N. Hilton, in 1944 - announced $10 million of additional funding towards coronavirus relief efforts.

According to a Hilton Foundation press release, "about half will go toward protecting the homeless population in Los Angeles, with the other half focused on helping African countries prepare for a pending outbreak."

In Los Angeles, three organizations that are addressing the city's pressing homelessness issue will receive sizable donations: Brilliant Corners, California Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

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Jack Dorsey

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The Twitter and Square CEO announced on April 7 that he plans to transfer $1 billion of his equity in Square, a digital payments service, to his limited liability company, Start Small. The organization will initially focus on providing relief for victims of coronavirus and then shift to girls' health and education when the disease is tamed.

"I'm moving $1B of my Square equity (~28% of my wealth) to #startsmall LLC to fund global COVID-19 relief," Dorsey wrote on Twitter. "After we disarm this pandemic, the focus will shift to girls' health and education, and [universal basic income]."

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The "Without Me" singer announced April 8 that she is donating 100,000 face masks to four hospitals in California: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph, LAC+USC Medical Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital.

"Every single day I am in awe of the medical workers on the frontlines," Halsey wrote in an Instagram post. "Their determination, selflessness and empathy is the single greatest example of our capacity to love and survive as humans."

She continued: "I am beyond privileged to be self isolating in my home, without the fear and obligation of essential work employment. Without a sick family member to care for. A child to feed. A financial crisis to navigate. So I tried to find a real way to make a difference."

Halsey worked with Orange International Inc., a label manufacturer, to source the masks from a factory in Guangzhou, China.

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John Mayer

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On April 1, it was announced that the guitarist recently made a "generous" donation to help purchase needed ventilators at his local Montana hospital. Livingston HealthCare spokeswoman Whitney Harris said Mayer "was not seeking publicity in making the donation, but agreed that the hospital could release his name after an inquiry from The Livingston Enterprise and in hopes of boosting community morale."

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Rachael Ray

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The celebrity chef's two charities - Rachael Ray Foundation and Yum-O! Organization - will donate a total of $4 million, to be split among national and local organizations dedicated to helping and feeding both humans and their pets. Among the list of recipients: Feeding America, Share Our Strength, World Central Kitchen, the North Shore Animal League, Best Friends Animal Society and Austin Pets Alive.

Ray's charitable organizations are fully funded via proceeds from her products (including pet food and cookware).

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Elton John & Friends

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One week after hosting Fox's virtual iHeart Living Room Concert for America - which helped to raise over $1 million to benefit Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation - the singer announced that his nonprofit, the Elton John Aids Foundation, is launching a $1 million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to protect those affected by HIV.

"I am so pleased to announce that my foundation is launching a new COVID-19 emergency fund today," the 73-year-old shared in a video on Twitter. "For almost 30 years my foundation has prioritized the most vulnerable people to HIV to end the AIDS epidemic and we're committed to this during the COVID-19 crisis too."

"Our new COVID-19 emergency fund will help frontline partners to prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities," the father of two explained.

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Kate Upton & Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton

On April 4, Verlander posted a video on Instagram in which the Houston Astros pitcher and his wife pledged to donate his weekly paychecks from the MLB to different charities each week.

"Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended," the athlete wrote. "@kateupton and I have decided to donate those funds to a different organization each week so that we can support their efforts and highlight the great work they're doing during the COVID-19 crisis."

Verlander continued, "Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home."

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Miranda Kerr & Evan Spiegel

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Through the Snap Foundation, the couple donated $10 million in assistance to community groups around Los Angeles - including a multimillion-dollar gift directly into the Angeleno fund and the Mayor's fund for Los Angeles, according to the city's mayor Eric Garcetti. Spiegel is the founder of social media platform Snapchat.

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Fall Out Boy

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On April 3, Fall Out Boy made a $100,000 donation from the Fall Out Boy Fund to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, which unites funds raised by Chicago's philanthropies, corporations and individuals to deploy resources to agencies that have immediate capacity to reach individuals and families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 across the Chicago region.

"Chicago is the city that we grew up in. It's important to us that we give back and support the community and local heroes who are on the front lines any way we can. No act of kindness is too small right now," bassist Pete Wentz said in a statement.

"Check in with the people you love. Support the businesses you love if you can. Stay vigilant and hopeful. Everyone is affected by this, and we win by coming together and thinking of the world as bigger of ourselves."

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Bill & Melinda Gates

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The billionaire Microsoft co-founder and his wife pledged $125 million through their eponymous foundation to search for treatments, help at-risk communities and expand testing availability.

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On April 3, Madonna and the Gates Foundation announced that the pop legend has donated $1 million to the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator. "I'm joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effort to find a drug that will prevent or treat COVID-19. We need this to protect our health workers, the most vulnerable, and all of our friends and families," Madonna said in a statement. "Harnessing the strength and knowledge of the research community, the Accelerator's critical scientific progress will inform how we end this pandemic and prevent future impact from the virus. I send enormous gratitude and strength to the courageous first responders, medical professionals and scientists who are protecting our communities, those suffering and our most vulnerable."

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Cardi B

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The "I Like It" rapper is helping to feed hospital and ambulance staff working the frontlines, PEOPLE confirmed. TMZ reported on April 3 that the Bronx native donated 20,000 bottles of OWYN, a plant-based meal supplement drink, to healthcare workers in the New York City area, according to TMZ.

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Jeff Bezos

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The Amazon CEO announced on April 2 that he would be making a massive donation of $100 million to Feeding America to help support families across the country that rely on food banks.

"Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is an important problem, and unfortunately COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly," he wrote on Instagram.

"To make matters worse, as supply is dwindling, demand for food bank services is going up," he continued. "Today, I want to support those on the front lines at our nation's food banks and those who are relying on them for food with a $100 million gift to @FeedingAmerica."

He noted that the organization will "quickly distribute the funds" to food banks and food pantries throughout the country, "getting food to those countless families who need it.⁣"

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Oprah Winfrey

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The media mogul announced on April 2 that she is donating $10 million to COVID-19 relief efforts - $1 million of which will help those facing food insecurity during the pandemic.

In a new IGTV post, Winfrey spoke with chef José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, to reveal her donation. The $1 million will benefit America's Food Fund, a new initiative launched to help feed local communities during this time. (The remaining $9 million will be divided among charities close to Winfrey's heart including Minnie's Food Pantry in Plano, Texas and the Boys and Girls Club in Kosciusko, Mississippi.)

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Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

After delighting fans with the news that she'll be reading children's bedtime stories in a new weekly video series called "Goodnight with Dolly," the beloved country music legend also announced on Twitter on April 1 that she will be donating $1 million toward research for a coronavirus vaccine.

"My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who's been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure," she wrote.

"I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations."

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Guy Fieri

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The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host partnered with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation on March 27 to launch the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.

The campaign associated with the fund will raise money to give one-time $500 grants to impacted workers beginning in April. To donate or apply, go to

"My entire career has been in the restaurant business," Fieri said in a press release. "I've also spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling this great country meeting other folks who've dedicated their lives to this business and let me tell you something, they are the hardest working, most real deal workers you've ever met…the heartbeats of their communities," he continued. "But they need our help and with Restaurant Relief America, we can serve up some support when these restaurant employees need it most…right now."

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Howie Mandel


The America's Got Talent judge and social retail platform talkshoplive have teamed up to help save small businesses.

Together, they launched an initiative that will help small business owners in reaching customers, telling their story and selling their products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"All these people who run small businesses, they supply us, and the money they make goes into the economy," Mandel tells PEOPLE exclusively. "That is the lifeblood of America, you know - free enterprise, the American dream."

The comedian will profile a new small business on his talkshoplive channel twice a month, with a portion of all proceeds donated to No Kid Hungry.

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Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds

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In a post shared on Reynolds' Twitter and Instagram on March 16, the Deadpool star announced that he and his wife will be donating $1 million to two organizations representing food banks across the United States and Canada during the COVID-19 health crisis.

"Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and love income families," Reynolds began in his message. "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," he continued. "Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who's isolated and might need connection."

Building on their individual contribution, Reynolds also announced on March 24 that his spirit company, Aviation Gin, will be donating 30 percent of online proceeds to the United States Bartender's Guild through May 1 as a part of the new "Tip Your Bartenders" program.

"Until May 1st, for every bottle of Aviation ordered online, we'll donate 30% of proceeds as a tip to your bartenders - who REALLY miss you btw. Visit #TipYourBartenders #StayHomeSaveLives," Reynolds shared on Twitter.

They did it again on March 30, reportedly donating $400,000 to some of New York's hardest hit hospitals, according to Fox News.

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Ciara & Russell Wilson

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The singer and her husband announced in a video on their social media pages on March 17 that they are donating 1 million meals to a local food bank in Seattle to aid relief efforts.

Wilson began the video by noting how the coronavirus outbreak is "changing the world second by second, minute by minute," saying, "People are losing loved ones. The elderly and the young. The people in between. You think about people losing jobs - even in Seattle."

"What we've decided to do is partner up with our local food bank in Seattle, Seattle Food LifeLine, and we're gonna donate a million meals [and] hopefully make a difference," the NFL star said.

The couple encouraged "everyone out there to join us in whatever way that you can, big or small. Everything makes a difference. Everything that we do together makes a difference," Ciara continued.

On March 31, they re-upped their donation, partnering with Wheels Up to pledge 10 million meals to Feeding America.

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On March 31, it came out that the "Good as Hell" singer sent food to 26 hospitals, including but not limited to the University of Washington Medical Center, the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and the University of Minnesota affiliate in Minneapolis, where she began her singing career.

"She sent several hospitals food that were hit really hard for staff working around the clock," the musician's publicist said in an email statement to The Seattle Times. "She is planning to send food to more hospitals as well."

Lizzo documented the good deed in an Instagram post, where she shared photos of hospital staff enjoying her efforts and their free lunch.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
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In addition to donating directly to the World Health Organization and Feeding America, the "Lover" singer reached out to a number of fans who publicly shared that they've been economically impacted by the coronavirus crisis and offered to help "ease that strain" by sending each of them $3,000 via PayPal.

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
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According to a report from TMZ, the pop star has sent money to fans through the mobile payment service Venmo in an effort to help get them through the tough times caused by the current health crisis.

Grande has reportedly been communicating with her fans who've opened up about financial struggles, like not being able to pay their upcoming bills or rent, because they've lost their jobs.

Numerous fans reportedly told the publication that they have received payments ranging from $500 to $1,500 and that Grande's kind act is something she's been doing on the down-low for the past few days.

Speaking to the New York Post's Page Six, one fan told the outlet that Grande, "reached out and took care of my salary for the month."

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Drew Brees

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The New Orleans Saints quarterback announced a massive donation to help support his team's state of Louisiana on March 26.

"Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020. The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time," he wrote on social media of his and his wife's donation.

"After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need," said Brees.

He ended his post encouraging fans to keep up their sense of community: "Let's all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together."

New Orleans has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, possibly because of Mardi Gras.

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Mirka & Roger Federer

Roger Federer and wife Mirka
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The 20-time Grand Slam champion and his wife have donated $1.02 million to families who may be affected by coronavirus in Federer's native Switzerland.

"These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind," the tennis legend wrote on Instagram on March 25. "Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland."

"Our contribution is just a start," he continued. "We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis! Stay healthy!"

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Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner
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The makeup mogul and reality star donated $1 million towards medical face masks and other protective gear for healthcare professionals on March 25.

Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi - a physician and Kylie's OB-GYN at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles - thanked the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star for the sizable donation in a heartfelt Instagram post.

"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," began Dr. Aliabadi, who delivered Jenner's daughter Stormi, according to TMZ, which first reported the news.

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Angelina Jolie

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On March 25, the Oscar winner and activist donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry, an organization that helps communities feed children who relied on school lunches for their meals.

"As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus," Jolie, 44, said 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 mother of six also sent support to the UN Refugee Agency and the schools she funds in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kenya and Namibia to help insure that children can continue to learn during the pandemic.

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Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston attend 2020 Big Game Big Give at Star Island on February 01, 2020 in Miami, Florida
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Inspired by Ryan Reynolds' pledge to donate 30% of Aviation Gin's proceeds to out-of-work bartenders, the former Breaking Bad costars - who started the Dos Hombres mezcal company in 2019 - vowed to do the same with their online proceeds on March 24.

"Good idea @vancityreynolds, let's all pitch in. @DosHombres Mezcal is on board with #tipyourbartenders," the duo wrote on their respective Instagrams.

The stars shared that they will also donate 30 percent of all proceeds from online orders throughout May 1 to the United States Bartender's Guild, which has set up an emergency assistance program to help bartenders affected by the coronavirus.

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José Andrés

Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Jose Andres
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After the celebrity chef and his nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen teamed up to feed nearly 2,500 passengers and over 1,000 crew members on the quarantined Grand Princess cruise ship, they continued to aid coronavirus relief efforts by donating 10,000 N95 masks to healthcare workers serving Washington, D.C. hospitals on March 24.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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The former California governor and actor donated $1 million to a GoFundMe page he co-created called "Frontline Responders Fund," meant to provide medical professionals with critical supplies such as masks, gowns and gloves.

"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," the Terminator star wrote on Instagram on March 24.

He continued, "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. Go to the link in my bio to help out."

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Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving
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On March 24, the Brooklyn Nets star celebrated his 28th birthday by donating $323,000 to Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that works with food banks and shelters, to help with relief efforts amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Irving also partnered with City Harvest, a New York-based organization, to provide 250,000 meals to New Yorkers affected by the pandemic.

"Thank you all for the birthday love, I'm extremely grateful for the support. Seeing the effects of COVID-19 reach our loved ones, our schools, our jobs, and access to food has really impacted me," he wrote on Instagram. "I am excited to partner with @feedingamerica and @lineagelogistics to launch the Share A Meal campaign to help marginalized communities get the food resources they require during this time, and to work with our local partner @cityharvestnyc to distribute 250k meals to my neighbors in need across the NY area."

"In addition to that I am donating $323k to Feeding America and @lineagelogistics will match $200k of what we raise together," he added, before urging fans to consider donating with a link in his bio.

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Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston

Aaron Paul (L) and Bryan Cranston
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The former Breaking Bad stars followed suit, launching a similar initiative with their Dos Hombres mezcal.

Sharing a photo of themselves sipping on the Mexican spirit together, the actors wrote in coordinating messages on their respective Instagram accounts, "Good idea @vancityreynolds, let's all pitch in. @DosHombres Mezcal is on board with #tipyourbartenders."

According to the stars, they will donate 30 percent of all proceeds from online orders throughout May 1 to the United States Bartender's Guild, which has set up an emergency assistance program to help bartenders affected by the coronavirus.

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Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell
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O'Donnell brought back her hit talk show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, for a special one-night-only event on March 22 to raise money for The Actors Fund.

The live-stream benefit was quite the success, raising $500,000, O'Donnell revealed on Twitter.

"1/2 a million dollars for the actors fund - thank u everyone," she tweeted after the show wrapped.

With Broadway closed until April 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the benefit served to help those who are now out of work as a result.

The Actors Fund provides services for people in the arts and entertainment community, including the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, housing resources, addiction and recovery, HIV/AIDS and senior services, and counseling and emergency financial assistance, among others.

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Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel
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Through her BStrong disaster relief initiative and their partner, Global Empowerment Mission, the former Real Housewives of New York star has been raising funds for what she calls "BStrong corona kits," with a focus on delivering masks to medical professionals as the country faces a shortage of supplies.

Beginning with a donation of 10,000 face masks, the reality star's mission has since grown exponentially. On March 22, she revealed to that she expects to supply more than 1 million masks to benefit hospitals that are in limited supply.

"We have suppliers all over the world," she said. "We have suppliers and manufacturers in China, we have an Israeli company we're working with."

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Kristen Bell

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Every dollar toward relief counts, as The Good Place star reminded fans with a sweet story of her daughters donating their piggy banks.

Bell herself donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry, a charitable campaign dedicated to ending child hunger and poverty, and had some help from daughters Lincoln, 6, and Delta, 5.

"NKH has always been there for kids who need them. They work tirelessly to provide food for the hungry bellys [sic] all over this country. I encourage anyone with the means to share to donate as well, any amount helps, so we can get through this together," the actress began her post."

"The reason the number is odd, is because when my kids overheard me making the donation, they asked if they could also donate the money from their piggy bank," she explained. "I couldn't have been prouder to add that extra, and important 7 dollars and 96 cents.😍😍😍"

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Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
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The couple donated $1 million to help with relief efforts in New York state, to go partly towards the purchase of urgently-needed ventilators and partly towards WIN, a network of women's shelters in New York City.

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Kanye West

Kanye West, answers questions from Sr. pastor Joel Osteen, during the 11 am service at Lakewood Church, in Houston Lakewood Church’s 11am service, Houston, USA - 17 Nov 2019
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On March 19, West donated to the Dream Center in Los Angeles and We Women Empowered in his hometown of Chicago to help those in need. PEOPLE learned the music mogul has given an undisclosed amount to each charity in efforts to provide meals to children, families and the elderly affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Florida Georgia Line

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Inspired by fellow country musician Dierks Bentley's plan to give each of his Nashville bar's hourly employees $1,000 while the bar is closed, the musical duo (Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley) shared that they would be doing the same for the 117 staff members at their restaurant FGL House.

"We really hope this helps out in a time of need," Hubbard said in the clip of their $117,000 donation. "We very vividly remember what it's like to be in the service industry."

"We're so grateful for everyone who helps make our restaurant run," added Kelley.

"@fglhouse would be nothing without our amazing staff," the two captioned the post. "We know it takes a village, and we're so thankful for all 117 of you and we hope this helps out while the bar and restaurant is closed."

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Eric Stonestreet

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On March 19, the Modern Family star shared on Twitter that he is donating 200,000 meals to his hometown of Kansas City, Kansas, in partnership with

Harvesters is a regional food bank that serves the area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas.

"Lindsay and I love our hometown and want to help do what we can," Stonestreet wrote, referencing his girlfriend, pediatric nurse Lindsay Schweitzer. "I'm only posting this to maybe motivate you to do what you can, when you can, if you can, to help vulnerable families in our community during this time."

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Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley
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The country singer's free grocery shop The Store in Nashville will be "mobilizing" volunteers to deliver one week's worth of food to the elderly, he announced on March 17.

The Store will remain open for customers to shop while Paisley and his team work to deliver supplies "to elderly people that should not be out shopping on their own in these times," due to the higher risk of serious complications posed to people in elderly populations.

Paisley added that his team will be "following all protocol to make sure we're doing this right."

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Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore
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The actress followed the lead of her This Is Us costar Chris Sullivan and pal Busy Philipps by joining Cameo, a site that allows celebrities to send personalized videos to fans for a fee. Moore is donating all of the proceeds to No Kid Hungry.

"Trying to stay productive and creative and feel helpful during what seems like a helpless moment for us all," she wrote alongside a video on Instagram. "Excited to make some videos for all of you AND help an organization on the ground doing some truly vital work during this time."

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Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck
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The actor encouraged his fans to join him in supporting local food banks, posting a link to Feeding America in his Instagram bio for those who are able to help.

"During these times of uncertainty, I'm thinking about our most vulnerable populations - children who are losing access to the meals they rely on, our friends and family who are facing job disruptions, the elderly, and low-income families," the Way Back star wrote on Instagram. "Join me in supporting @FeedingAmerica, the nationwide network of 200 food banks working tirelessly to feed our neighbors around the country."

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Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens
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The High School Musical star also spoke out about supporting Feeding America, asking followers to "help each other out rather than freaking the f- out."

"It's a crazy time out there in the world. School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus' disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country," she wrote on Instagram. "Join me in supporting @feedingamerica today."

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Dierks Bentley

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Bentley is doing his best to ensure that his employees are financially stable while they are temporarily out of work due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

On March 16, the country star revealed on Instagram and Twitter that Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row - the Nashville bar that he owns - will close down until further notice in efforts to reduce the virus' rapid spread.

"Just gave last call at @whiskeyrownashville as we close the doors for a while," Bentley wrote. "My heart goes out to all the guys/girls down on Lower Broad. Feels like yesterday that it was me down there working for tips. I am going to immediately give each of our 90 hourly employees $1,000 to help in the short run as our community and country try to get a handle on the situation."

Bentley went on to urge other restauranteurs to prioritize the well-being of their employees.

"@riothospitalitygroup and I encourage all bar owners on Lower Broadway to take care of their bartenders, bar backs, waitresses, security, dishwashers etc the best they can," he continued.

"Lower Broadway is the heartbeat of Nashville," he wrote. "Let's make sure we help the folks that help make the music happen."

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Steph & Ayesha Curry

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The Golden State Warriors player and his wife pledged money through their Eat. Learn. Play Foundation to the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Feeding America to help ensure food safety for kids in their hometown of Oakland, California.

"Oakland just announced they're closing schools until April because of the COVID-19 crisis. While we support this decision, we're concerned about what this means for childhood hunger in our hometown," the couple wrote alongside a video speaking out about the pandemic on Instagram. "More than 18,000 students in Oakland rely on their school for 2+ meals each day and our foundation @eatlearnplay is making a donation to @accfb and @feedingamerica to help ensure no child has to worry about where their next meal is coming from while schools are closed. Please join us by donating to @ACCFB or a food bank near you."

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Justin Timberlake

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The "Man of the Woods" singer is donating to the Mid-South Food Bank in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, he announced on his Instagram Story on March 15.

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Rudy Gobert

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After testing positive for COVID-19, the Utah Jazz player announced he is donating more than$500,000 to support both the employee relief fund at Vivint Smart Home Arena and COVID-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and within the French health care system.

"I am humbled by the tireless efforts and care of people around the globe for those affected by COVID-19, especially my own communities of Utah and France, in addition to my appreciation for the state of Oklahoma and my care there, and of course, my Utah Jazz family," Gobert shared in a statement on Instagram.

"I know there are countless ways that people have been impacted. These donations are a small token that reflect my appreciation and support for all those impacted and are the first of many steps I will take to try and make a positive difference, while continuing to learn more about COVID-19 and educate others. Much gratitude, RG."

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JJ Watt & Kealia Ohai

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The NFL star and wife Ohai donated $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank, according to the organization. "Sports stars @JJWatt and @KealiaOhai made a generous donation to the Houston Food Bank so we can continue to serve our community during this time of great need. Thank you both for helping us remain a safety net for southeast Texas!" Houston Food Bank tweeted.

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Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson
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The New Orleans Pelicans star announced on Instagram that he will be covering the salaries for all Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days amid the coronavirus outbreak. "This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis," Williamson, 19, said. "This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community."

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Donatella Versace

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Following the donations from several luxury companies including LVMH, the designer donated 1 million RMB (just under $143,500) to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation "to help with the relief effort" in early February.

"My heart goes out to those affected by the Coronavirus and their families," she said, according to WWD. "We are sending our love and support, and I urge everyone to help by donating to groups on the ground that assist those in need."

In March, the designer and her daughter, Allegra Versace Beck, announced a second donation of €200,000 (about $224,000) to Milan's San Raffaele Hospital.

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber
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On Feb. 13, Bieber shared on Instagram that he was donating 200,000 RMB (about $29,000) to Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation, a child-focused non-profit in China.

"Watching the news I couldn't imagine how scary it would be if a new disease was effecting[sp] my wife and my family and friends. China we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support," he wrote alongside a video of himself sending prayers and well wishes to the people of China. "Whether it be this or the fires of Australia we all need to be there for each other."

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Boon Joon Ho

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The Oscar-winning Parasite director gave 100 million won ($83,000 USD) to the Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association to help fund relief efforts in late February, according to Newsweek.

The association shared that the donation will go toward purchasing and distributing face masks and hand sanitizer to those in need, according to the outlet.

Several stars born in Daegu - the epicenter for South Korea's coronavirus outbreak - also donated to the organization, including BTS' Suga.

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Mark Cuban

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The Dallas Mavericks team owner told reporters that in the wake of the NBA season's abrupt suspension, he is taking steps to support hourly workers at American Airlines Center, according to CNN.

"I reached out to the folks at the arena and our folks at the Mavs to find out what it would cost to support, financially support, people who aren't going to be able to come to work," the Shark Tank judge said. "They get paid by the hour, and this was their source of income. So, we'll do some things there. We may ask them to go do some volunteer work in exchange, but we've already started the process of having a program in place. I don't have any details to give, but it's certainly something that's important to me."

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Sheryl Sandberg

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The newly engaged Facebook COO announced on March 13 that she and fiancé Tom Bernthal launched the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Feeding Families in partnership with their local food bank, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley.

"The COVID-19 outbreak is hitting families hard and schools are already closing around the country. For the 22 million kids who rely on free and reduced price meals nationwide, a school closure is more than an inconvenience: it's an emergency. The issue of food security has never been more important in every neighborhood," Sandberg wrote on Facebook, sharing that the fundraiser will help to employ a temporary workforce for the food bank due to low volunteer turnout.

The couple, along with a group of friends and colleagues, pledged $5.5 million and are matching any donations made.

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Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X performs at WiLD 94.9's FM's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at The Masonic Auditorium on December 08, 2019 in San Francisco, California
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The "Old Town Road" rapper posted on Twitter on March 12 encouraging his followers to comment with their Cash App handles - a mobile app where users can transfer money to each other, like their PayPal-owned competitor Venmo - so that he could "send some of u some money to go get some food then stay inside."

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Kevin Love

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Following the NBA's decision to suspend the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cleveland Cavaliers star announced on March 12 that he is donating $100,000 through his foundation to support the staff at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, the Cleveland arena where his team plays.

"Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. And the fear and anxiety resulting from the recent outbreak of COVID-19 can be extremely overwhelming," Love wrote alongside a photo of himself taking a selfie with the arena workers. "Through the game of basketball, we've been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work."

"I'm concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I'm committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the suspension of the NBA season," he added. "I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities."

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