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.
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.”
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.
Mirka & Roger Federer
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!”
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.
“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.
Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
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 http://AviationGin.com/delivered #TipYourBartenders #StayHomeSaveLives,” Reynolds shared on Twitter.
Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston
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.
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.
“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.
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 Radio.com 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.”
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.😍😍😍”
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos
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.
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.
Florida Georgia Line
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.”
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.org.
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.”
Ciara & Russell Wilson
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.
“Together, we will conquer this tough time we are going through,” the singer said.
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
Steph & Ayesha Curry
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.”
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.
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.”
JJ Watt & Kealia Ohai
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.
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.”
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.
Bill and Melinda Gates
The billionaire Microsoft co-founder and his wife pledged $100 million through their eponymous foundation to search for treatments, help at-risk communities and expand testing availability, CNBC reported in mid-February.
“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.”