TAYLOR SWIFT, ARIANA GRANDE GIFT THOUSANDS TO FANS WHO’VE LOST THEIR JOBS – (03/27/2020)
Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are privately helping out fans who’ve found themselves in desperate financial straits due to the coronavirus outbreak, E! News and Page Six report.
Holly Turner, a freelance music photographer in New York City, posted on Tumblr about her fears of losing her apartment after her regular income dried up. “I have been working my entire life to be able to live in New York City and I thought that was going to be taken, and [Taylor Swift] saved that for me,” said Turner, who received $3,000 from the star.
Grande has also reportedly been gifting fans between $500 and $1,000. “She reached out and took care of my salary for the month,” one fan said.
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ANGELINA JOLIE DONATES $1M TO FIGHT HUNGER + OTHER HOLLYWOOD DONATIONS – (03/27/2020)
Angelina Jolie has donated $1 million to fight child hunger during the coronavirus pandemic. The 44-year-old Maleficent star made the contribution to No Kid Hungry, she told E!: “As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus.”
Jolie continued: “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.”
Jolie is in good company. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have waived tenants’ rent in April, and they’ve donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry.
Arnold Schwarzenegger donated $1 million to the Frontline Responders Fund.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively revealed they would donate $1 million to Feeding American and Food Banks Canada.
Kylie Jenner donated $1 million to her OB-GYN, which will help fund hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields and other protective gear. Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi thanked her on social media: “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.”
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BRUNO MARS DONATES $1 MILLION TO AID IN PANDEMIC RELIEF: Bruno Mars is pledging $1 million in the ongoing global health crisis. The singer announced his donation on Thursday, which will go towards the MGM Resorts Foundation, which will support the Employee Emergency Grant Fund and Children’s Medical Support Fund.
RIHANNA DONATES MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO NEW YORK AMID PANDEMIC: After the announcement that Rihanna donated $5 million to aiding in the ongoing health crisis, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed that Rihanna is helping New York. “I would like to thank Rihanna and the Rihanna Foundation for donating personal protective equipment to New York State. We’re so appreciative of your help and that of so many others who have stepped up,” he tweeted.
COMEDIANS JOIN LAUGH AID: Ray Romano, Iliza Shlesinger, Howie Mandel, Nikki Glaser, Bill Burr, Marc Maron and Patton Oswalt are among those who are set to perform at Laugh Aid on April 4th, a four-hour live stream that will benefit Comedy Gives Back’s coronavirus relief fund.
AMERICA PLUGS IN: With the coronavirus pandemic keeping millions of people at home, they are increasingly tuning in to TV. Kids and teens are watching the most, according to Nielsen stats. The biggest boosts have been for HBO, which has seen a 40% rise in viewership month-over-month, and news channels like Fox News up 77% and MSNBC up 38%.
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