Since the coronavirus outbreak, cities around the country have urged self-isolation in order to help flatten the curve and reduce transmission, resulting in school shutdowns, layoffs, and a plummeting stock market. Now, celebrities are stepping up to help.
In the entertainment industry, musicians have postponed and canceled tours, while events such as awards shows and festivals have also been put on hold. Movie and television sets have also shut down production while Americans hunker down.
With the situation and economy looking more dire with each passing day, celebrities are offering what help they can. Some musicians are sharing their talents, providing livestreams of performances to keep fans entertained. Others are donating not only their time, but their tremendous resources, to provide aid to the less fortunate in their communities and around the world.
Here’s a look at the stars who are giving back during the crisis.
The Guns N’ Roses bassist and his wife, Susan, donated 1,000 Chrome Hearts masks to UW Medicine’s staff who work in the childcare center to help ensure that they can remain safe while traveling between work and home. “We were elated that we were part of this pilot program for the childcare center,” the rocker told Seattle’s Q13 News. “You think of all the tendrils of people that need masks — not just at the hospital — but they gotta go to the grocery store, they have people take care of their kids.” The pair plan to continue to donate masks.
Ariana Grande shared her roundup of organizations that she has been supporting during this time period, including The Bail Project, Fund for Families, The Mental Health Fund and more.
hi everyone ! i’m back with my weekly updates of organizations i’ve been supporting for covid-19 relief
please check out the following to support yourself and learn more
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 1, 2020
Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus announced that, in partnership with Genies, he will be donating 20,000 masks to Native Communities to use for their protection against the COVID-19 virus. The announcement came during the Native Americans & Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall.
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I am so excited to participate in @_illuminatives @indiancountrytoday @ndncollective Native Americans & Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall tonight as a panelist to discuss the disproportionate impact of #COVID19 on Native Nations and communities of color. Head to their Facebook pages at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST to tune in!
Shakira donated ventilators as well as thousands of N95 masks for health care workers in Barranquilla, Colombia, and her hometown mayor took to social media to thank their native pop star. “One of the most beloved Barranquilleras in the world is @shakira, and she is also one of the people who most love Barranquilla,” Jaime Pumarejo wrote in the post below, translated to English. “Huge thank you for your contribution of thousands of N95 masks for our health care workers, and ventilators that will save lives.”
Una de las barranquilleras más queridas en el mundo es @shakira y también una de las personas que más ama a esta ciudad.
Muchas gracias por sumarte con miles de tapabocas para nuestro personal de salud pública, y con respiradores que salvarán vidas. pic.twitter.com/M1Yxn27ViI
— Jaime Pumarejo (@jaimepumarejo) April 30, 2020
The rapper is helping out in several ways. He announced in an April 29 tweet that he is donating an “extra pair” of his rare Eminem X Carhartt Air Jordans to benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. A ticket for a chance to win the shoes will cost you $10, and can be purchased here. According to the Detroit Free Press, there are only 10 pairs of these sneakers in existence, and they’re worth about $20,000 each.
Earlier in April, the artist donated cups of his “Mom’s Spaghetti” to Detroit-area healthcare workers. He plans to continue to do so for the next few weeks, his camp told Billboard.
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor launched a special guitar auction with eBay to benefit Direct Relief in support of their COVID-19 response efforts. The auction features 13 handpicked guitars from Corey’s personal collection, with all proceeds going to the charitable organization. eBay will match dollar for dollar, up to $1 million through May 31, when you support Direct Relief. See the auction here.
Machine Gun Kelly
MGK bought lunch for diners at 12 Cleveland area restaurants on May 1 and donated 40,000 meals to Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
The performer’s Feel Something Foundation is auctioning off 15 of his stage outfits on eBay to benefit GLAAD, which is providing aid to the LGBTQ community during the coronavirus pandemic. The items include a Dolce & Gabbana suit, a leather studded jacket and more. “The funds raised through this eBay auction will be instrumental in helping the LGBTQ community during these unprecedented times,” the singer said in a statement. The eBay auction runs through May 6.
The Material Girl teamed up with REFORM Alliance to donate 100,000 masks to jails and prisons in the hopes of curbing the spread of the coronavirus behind bars. Earlier in the month, REFORM also donated 100,000 masks to those at Rikers Island in NYC.
The rapper’s FreeWishes Foundation has provided more than 100,000 masks to healthcare workers and hospital patients battling COVID-19. “It is important to my brother Future and I that we are of service to our community, especially during this pandemic and throughout the year. This is why our family created the foundation,” said Tia-Wilburn Anderson, who co-founded FreeWishes with the artist.
Third Eye Blind
The band released new EP So Alone, So Alive to benefit Crew Nation, a fund that is helping live music crews during the coronavirus pandemic. The new record and its video was filmed from various locations while in quarantine, and can be watched on YouTube.
The rapper delayed his Escobar Restaurant launch and “decided to feed the homeless” instead.
Instead of opening Escobar Restaurant up today we decided to feed the homeless pic.twitter.com/K9eOvpFCRz
— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) April 27, 2020
The rocker will be donating proceeds from the sale of limited edition, signed prints of his More Government Care? series to help with efforts in the coronavirus pandemic. Proceeds will benefit The Sidewalk Project, which is currently providing food; education; and kits for hygiene and sanitation for the homeless. “Today, our immigrant population is facing an even more perilous crisis as COVID-19 has ravaged our world,” Navarro said in a statement. “Reports have suggested that our Latino communities are at higher risk and many cases go unreported due to the lack of available health care and the fear of deportation. Our undocumented are now afraid to seek help and testing, resulting in more deaths and the spreading of the virus within their communities.”
The rapper and record exec announced in an April 20 Instagram post that he’d be helping out by paying the rent of some New Orleans residents. “I would like 2 offer to pay everybody rent for month of May (for those who in need) in residents area of UPTOWN New Orleans where I was born and raised at from mac melph calio and ST Thomas housing also from 3rd ward to 17th ward,” he wrote.
The “Check Yo Self” rapper turned his famous lyrics from 1993 “Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self” into a custom T-shirt slogan that reminds people to do their part in protecting one another from COVID-19. Proceeds from T-shirt sales will benefit underfinanced hospitals and nurses in America’s inner cities and rural areas, including Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital & ER in his Los Angeles hometown. “As a global community, we all need to come together to fight against this coronavirus. Every citizen needs to step up,” said Ice Cube in a press statement. “Hopefully people can buy the shirts, and help us get supplies directly into the hands of the frontline healthcare workers that need it the most. We all need to do our part in helping the essential workers. We hope the funds from this program can help.”
The mastermind behind the “Coronavirus” rant remix teamed up with global fashion company Fashion Nova not for another collection, but for a campaign that vows to give away $1,000 every hour to those financially suffering during the pandemic until they’ve donated a total of $1 million. “Tell us how the $1,000 can help you during these times. We’ll be reading your submissions and selecting stories everyday so enter now by visiting www.FashionNova.com/Cares. Also PLEASE make sure that your Instagram is public, because I will also personally be looking thru these submitted pages,” Cardi B wrote on Instagram on April 8.
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Thank you guys for supporting me and @FashionNova, I teamed up with them to help those that have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of you are struggling to pay bills, feed your families, and take care of your overall essential needs. #FashionNovaCARES & I are giving away $1,000 EVERY HOUR until we’ve given away $1 MILLION DOLLARS to those directly affected by this crisis. Tell us how the $1,000 can help you during these times. We’ll be reading your submissions and selecting stories everyday so enter now by visiting www.FashionNova.com/Cares Also PLEASE make sure that your Instagram is public, because I will also personally be looking thru these submitted pages. Starting NOW!
The “Without Me” hitmaker donated 100,000 FDA-certified three-ply face masks to four different Southern California-based hospitals: 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 on Instagram April 8. “If you are on the frontlines, my heart is with you. And I will be continuing the fight to help you get the support and resources you need.”
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Every single day I am in awe of the medical workers on the frontlines. Their determination, selflessness and empathy is the single greatest example of our capacity to love and survive as humans. 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. I have acquired and purchased 100,000 FDA certified 3 ply masks (with the help of Orange International Inc who sourced the masks for me from a factory in Guangzhou, China) These masks will be distributed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph, LAC+USC Medical Center, and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital; for the medical professionals and non medical hospital staff who are working to put a stop to this pandemic and help millions of strangers they will never meet. Please continue to stay home, if you can. If you are on the frontlines, my heart is with you. And I will be continuing the fight to help you get the support and resources you need. ??? I am eager to redirect you to @givedirectly – A non-profit that allows you a way to give direct cash payments to vulnerable households in at risk communities, most of whom are single mothers. I will be making a sizeable donation, and encourage you to help in any way that you can. Special thanks to @anthonytomasli and the Li family, @jasonaron, PS Business Management, @fedex, and all the contacts at the hospitals who made this possible.
Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson
The couple brought 120 tacos to a local hospital as a delicious thank you for the healthcare workers treating patients in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic. “So grateful for these true legends of our time dedicating their lives to battling this pandemic,” Simpson wrote on Instagram following their taco delivery. “Show some love to yours in your community!”
The star took to Twitter on April 2 to announce that she donated to America’s Food Fund, “a new initiative directly supporting @FeedingAmerica & @WCKitchen to feed those in need & impacted by #COVID19.”
Proud to have donated to support #AmericasFoodFund, a new initiative directly supporting @FeedingAmerica & @WCKitchen to feed those in need & impacted by #COVID19. Thankful for my friends @leodicaprio @laurenepowell and @apple for putting this together. ❤️ https://t.co/jTxd4WjrgA
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 2, 2020
Jay-Z and Rihanna
The music superstars’ respective foundations — The Shawn Carter Foundation and The Clara Lionel Foundation — announced on March 31 that they are each donating $1 million to the coronavirus relief efforts. According to the press release, the money will “support undocumented workers, the children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles.”
The “Lose You to Love Me” singer shared her appreciation for healthcare workers on the front lines by making a donation to Cedars Sinai. “I’m donating to @CedarsSinai as they are low on masks and ventilators,” she announced in a March 30 tweet. “They’ve taken such good care of me so it’s my turn to show my gratitude.”
Shawn Mendes and The Shawn Mendes Foundation donated $175,000 to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to provide the Toronto-based facility with emergency medical resources to combat coronavirus and efficient care to patients, families, staff and the overall community. “For the next month, all donations to The Shawn Mendes Foundation will go towards SickKids Hospital & relief efforts around the world by the @WHO,” read Mendes’ Instagram post.
Bieber took early action. “Watching the news I couldn’t imagine how scary it would be if a new disease was effecting my wife and my family and friends,” he wrote on Instagram on Feb. 13. “China we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support.”
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Watching the news I couldn’t imagine how scary it would be if a new disease was effecting my wife and my family and friends. China we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support. Whether it be this or the fires of Australia we all need to be there for eachother. Shout out to my friend @kriswu for the conversation.