From supporting food banks to offering walk-on parts in movies, celebrities have found a variety of ways to donate to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
While some have sent lump sums to charities, others, like Taylor Swift, have been adopting a more personal touch by giving fans struggling to keep up with bills a surprise financial boost.
From Oprah to Leonardo DiCaprio, here’s how celebrities are donating and supporting those in need.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively – $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada
These two are not only Hollywood heavyweights but they were also one of the first to donate during the pandemic. Taking to their respective social media platforms they announced that they were donating $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
Angelina Jolie – $1 million to No Kid Hungry
Jolie is well known for her charitable endeavours and to ease the impact of the pandemic on children donated $1million to charity No Kid Hungry.
“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” she said.
Taylor Swift – $3,000 to fans
With many out of work, Swift has offered some of her fans in need lump sums of $3,000 to help cover bills.
Benefactors included a freelance photographer and a fan who said the pressure of unpaid bills made her want to “die.”
It also emerged that Swift has been quietly keeping a Nashville record store afloat. Independent store Grimey’s New & Preloved Music received a surprise donation from Swift for each staff member who had been sent home, with extra funds to cover their healthcare for three months.
Ariana Grade – Venmo donations to fans
According to TMZ, Grande has also been using her wealth to help fans directly by sending Venmo donations to cover food and bills.
Roger Federer – £861,000 to Swiss families
The tennis star and his wife donated £861,000 to the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.
He said on Instagram that “nobody should be left behind” and added that he hoped “others might join in supporting more families in need”.
Arnold Schwarzenegger – $1 million to aid reliefs
The Terminator actor not only donated $1 million to aid relief efforts but also shared a GoFundMe page which aims to raise $5 millions for the First Responders Fund.
He said, “This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the front lines 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.”
Dolly Parton – $1 million to vaccine research
With scientists racing to find a COVID-19 vaccine, the country singer has donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She wrote on Instagram, “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 that research of the coronavirus for a cure.
“I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”
Parton has also launched a bedtime story session for children in lockdown.
James McAvoy – £275,000 to Masks for NHS Heroes
The IT actor has donated £275,000 to Masks for NHS Heroes. He posted on instagam supporting the campaign, “NHS staff are heroes, we must do all that we can to protect them, support them and thank them.
“Nurses and doctors have described a lack of personal protective equipment.
“Caring for people with COVID-19 without access to proper masks, goggles, gowns and gloves puts themselves and others at risk.
“That’s why I’m supporting the efforts of four NHS doctors to plug this urgent gap. Thank you NHS.”
Justin Bieber – £23,500 to Beijing Chunamiao Children’s Charity
When the disease first broke out in China, the popstar donated £23,500 to the Beijing Chunmiao Children’s Charity.
“China we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support” he wrote in a statement.
Lady Gaga – 20% of HAUS profits to food banks
The singer announced her vegan beauty brand HAUS will be donating 20% of its profits to food banks.
Jay Z – $1 million to relief efforts in LA and New York
The rapper announced that The Shawn Carter Foundation would be donating $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts.
The money aims to support undocumented workers and those who are vulnerable, homeless, elderly or incarcerated.
Rihanna – $1 million to relief efforts in LA and New York
Rihanna also confirmed her foundation, The Clara Lionel Foundation, would also be donating $1 million in the same funding drive as Jay-Z.
Selena Gomez – donation to Cedars-Sinai Hospital
The singer confirmed a donation to LA hospital Cedars-Sinai, writing on Twitter, “I’m donating to Cedars-Sinai as they are low on masks and ventilators.”
She added, “They’ve taken such good care of me so it’s my turn to show my gratitude.”
Gomez was admitted to the hospital previously for a kidney transplant.
Leonardo DiCaprio – America’s Food Fund (and a walk-on part in a movie)
The actor and environmentalist joined forces with chef Jose Andres, who founded World Central Kitchen, Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot and Laurene Powell Jobs to set up new initiative, America’s Food Fund.
The initiative has a GoFundMe page and initially received over $12 million in donations.
To help raise funds for COVID-19 relief, DiCaprio also agreed that one lucky raffle winner could win a walk-on part in a movie with him.
Oprah – $10 million to America’s Food Fund and American cities
Of all the celebrities who have donated during the pandemic, talk show host queen Oprah has given one of the largest amounts.
She announced she was making a donation of $10 million to relief efforts, saying in an Instagram post: “I was struck by the work these organisations are doing and while everyone’s priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help.”
$1 million of the money will go to America’s Food Fund and the rest of the donation will go to American cities including Mississippi, Milwaukee and Tennessee.
Justin Timberlake – donation to Mid-South Food Bank
The singer has made a donation to Mid-South Food Bank, which is based in his hometown Memphis, Tennessee. He said on social media, “This is a crazy time, but remember we’re all in it together. Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need.”
Steph Curry – raising funds to provide one million children with free meals
The pandemic has forced schools to close, which means many children are no longer receiving hot school meals.
He shared a video captioning it: “Oakland is closing schools bc of COVID-19. We support this decision but are concerned a/b the 18,000+ kids that rely on school for 2+ meals daily. @eatlearnplay is donating to @ACCFB to ensure every child has access to the food they need. Join us & donate.”
His goal is to provide one million children with meals.
Bethenny Frankel – one million masks to American hospitals
Fresh off her Real Housewives exit Frankel announced that her disaster relief foundation Bstrong would be donating one million masks to American hospitals.
Vanessa Hudgens – donation to Feeding America
The High School Musical actress came under fire for a now-deleted video claiming COVID-19 deaths were “inevitable”.
She later apologised for her comments and took a screenschot of her receipt of a donation to Feeding America.
Kristen Bell – $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry
The actress made a donation to No Kid Hungry: “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.”
She admitted that her daughters heard her making the donation and so joined in donating the money in their piggy banks of $7.96, bringing her total to $150,007.96.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos – $1 million to Win
People magazine reported that the Hollywood couple had donated $1 million “for the purchase of urgently needed ventilators and additionally towards WIN.”
WIN provides shelter and housing to homeless and vulnerable people in New York City.
Kanye West – donation to Dream Center LA and We Women Empowered
The rapper chose to donate to Dream Center LA and We Women Empowered. A spokesperson for the latter charity said they were “beyond words” about the donation:
“Today when I got that call, that Kanye West wanted to help the elderly in Chicago and he chose his hometown in the Southside, his old neighbourhood, I was beyond words.”
Ciara – 1 million meals for the needy in Seattle
Singer Ciara and her husband announced they were “supporting our community by donating one million meals with Seattle Food Life Line”.
Kylie Jenner – $1 million towards PPE
The billionaire lip kit mogul donated $1 million to relief funds, according to E News.
The Kardashian Family doctor Dr Thais Aliabadi, who has delivered many of the family’s babies wrote, alongside a photo of her a Kylie, “One of my patients, a beautiful Living Angel just donated $1,000,000 to help us buy hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear which we will have delivered directly to our first responders, as too many masks at hospitals are disappearing before making their way onto the faces of our frontline heroes.”
Conor McGregor – €1 million to Irish hospitals
The UFC fighter sadly lost his aunt to Covid-19 and subsequently shared messages to Irish minister Paschal Donohoe to mark his donation to support Irish healthcare provisions during the crisis.
Liam Payne – donation to The Trussell Trust
The former One Direction member has donated to The Trussell Trust, a network for UK foodbanks.
Bruno Mars – $1 million to unemployed MGM Resorts workers
The singer has donated $1 million to the MGM Resorts Foundation in Las Vegas to help support workers who have been laid off during the crisis.
Millie Bobby Brown – 20,000 meals for the vulnerable
The actress took to Instagram to announce that she and her family had donated money to The Food Depot, paying for 20,000 meals.
Lizzo – meals for medical staff
The ‘Good As Hell’ singer sent food to the staff at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital and M Health Fairview.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra – donations to multiple organisations
The celebrity couple uploaded a statement on social media announcing donations to a number of charities.
“In these uncertain times, Pri and I want to bring awareness organizations we’ve donated to & are doing so much to help people all over the world. We are continuing to pray for everyone affected by Covid-19 and hope that everyone is doing their part to help flatten the curve!” they wrote in a joint statement.