Rihanna Donates Protective Equipment to New York Medics as Celebrities Respond to COVID-19 with Charity Donations

Rihanna has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to medics in New York as the state faces a shortage due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

New York state has been overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 23,000 confirmed cases, making it one of the cities most severely impacted by the virus.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo thanked Rihanna for her donation in a tweet that read: "I want 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."

Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) has also announced it will donate $5 million and said in a statement, "Over the past five years CLF has been one of the first organizations to respond to some of the world's most devastating natural disasters, and we've seen firsthand the profound and unintended consequences of not being prepared.

"That's why Clara Lionel Foundation has provided $5 million to the following organizations to immediately mobilize a broad response working with on-the-ground partners that include Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, The World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the International Rescue Committee, and others."

Rihanna is one of many celebrities who have been donating to charities and healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus. Celebrities including Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angelina Jolie, and Justin Bieber have all donated to various charities, including food banks and children's charities.

Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna event at Sephora on September 14, 2018, in Brooklyn, New York. Angela Weiss/Getty

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donated $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. Reynolds announced the donation on Instagram by saying, "I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an a******." In Lively's post, she joked, "Now can someone please tell Ryan that 'emotional distancing' from his mother in law is not a thing."

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon shared that he had donated to Feeding America in an Instagram post, which he captioned, "Right now I'm thinking about what we can do to help our most vulnerable populations — children who are losing the one meal they may rely on per day, our friends and family who are facing job issues, the elderly, and low-income families."

Justin Bieber

Back in February, before the U.S. was seriously impacted by the coronavirus, Justin Bieber pledged to donate to the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation, which is a children's charity. Bieber wrote on Instagram, "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 each other."

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry, a charity that provides meals for children from low-income families while schools are closed. Jolie said in a statement, "As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus.

"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."

Some celebrities have been helping out fans who have been impacted by the coronavirus, including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and Lil Nas X.

Taylor Swift has been surprising fans with donations to help them cover rent and bills. Freelance photographer Holly Turner wrote about being worried that she wouldn't be able to stay in New York due to the coronavirus's impact on the music industry. But Swift donated $3000 with a note that said: "Holly, you've always been there for me. I want to be there for you right now. I hope this helps. Love, Taylor."

hey guys drop ur cashapp. gonna send some of u some money to go get some food then stay inside.

— nope (@LilNasX) March 12, 2020

Page Six reported that Ariana Grande had been secretly sending fans gift of $500-$1000 on Venmo to help them cover their bills, and Lil Nas X tweeted on March 12: "hey guys drop ur cashapp. gonna send some of [you] some money to go get some food then stay inside."

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