COVID-19 has brought out the best and the worst in people—and that includes celebrities. Sure, many have had to apologize for putting their feet in their mouths throughout these past few months. But many others have truly stepped up to the plate, impacting relief efforts. We want to applaud the stars who stepped up during the pandemic. Not only with major fundraising, but also with free virtual initiatives. Here’s a look at some stars who stepped out during the pandemic. These standout celebs and their commendable efforts are inspiring during this trying time.
Funny man John Krasinski launched his web series, Some Good News, on YouTube at the end of March. It quickly caught fire. While he has been working on the concept for nearly a decade, it was fast-tracked due to the lockdown. The premise of each episode is to highlight feel-good stories. Plus he hosts conversations with major celebrities like Oprah, Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Steve Carell and Martha Stewart. Production was self-financed to start. In less than two months it was announced that ViacomCBS acquired the rights to the show. And that it would be produced by Comedy Central Productions, with Krasinski continuing as the executive producer but no longer the host.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
During the summer, the actor hosted “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Concert.” in conjunction with Global Citizen and the European Commission. This event was to bring awareness to the seemingly uneven affects the coronavirus has on underserved communities. The event included performances by many noteworthy artists including Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Usher, Shakira, Coldplay and Miley Cyrus, as well as appearances by Chris Rock, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker, David Beckham, Salma Hayek Pinault and Billy Porter. Johnson remarked, “The event aims to lift up the global community that is tackling equitable access to healthcare and other enormous injustices facing our world. This critical moment in history requires all of us, so let’s join together to chart a better future for everyone.”
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
The adorable and highly entrepreneurial couple launched Quarantine Wine to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. Specifically, the money raised will be used two fold. Firstly, to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline medical workers. Second to help in the recovery of small businesses and people who are in distress. The pinot noir wine can be purchased for $50 for two bottles online via Walla Walla-based Nocking Point Wines. In a fun twist, the bottles have an interactive label in the sense that each one says “Toasting To”’ where you can write the name of whomever you want to toast.
This superstar and beauty/fashion mogul seems to be on a one-woman crusade to protect the world against COVID-19. She has donated funds to help support communities and purchase health care equipment for hard-hit areas. For starters, Rihanna purchased $700,000 worth of ventilators to send home to Barbados. She also donated $1 million earmarked to the COVID-19 response efforts in both Los Angeles and New York. Rihanna also co-sponsored a program to protect victims of domestic violence by providing housing, food and counseling for those who found themselves locked in with their abusers during stay-at-home orders. Then Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation donated $5 million that was dispersed to global organizations addressing COVID-19 concerns. Who’s got time for another album?
Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams
The two actresses put their focus on helping children during the coronavirus pandemic. The pair launched an Instagram account @SaveWithStories. The feed features celebrities reading children’s books to benefit Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Clarkson and Hoda Kotb are just some of the participants. The celebrity readers explain in their videos how to make a $10 donation with just one text.
Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation matched Rihanna’s $1 million donation in support of COVID-19 needs in New York and Los Angeles. Monies are going to support children of healthcare workers and first responders as well as multiple homeless populations. Jay-Z also teamed with rapper Meek Mill. Their criminal justice organization REFORM Alliance is providing 100,000 surgical masks to prisons and jails across the country. Close quarter populations, like those in prisons, are at a heightened risk for spreading COVID-19, so masks there are especially important.
Dax Shephard and Kristen Bell
Power couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard came out with an innovative response to help parents—and their kids. Camp Hello Bello, a free virtual kids camp, is part of the couple’s Hello Bello brand that sells baby products like vitamins and diapers. Each Sunday a schedule for that week’s virtual camp is posted on the Camp Hello Bello website. Activities include story time, scavenger hunts, sewing, sing-alongs, toy theater and more, and they have a long list of talented camp counselors.
Maybe these stars who stepped up during the pandemic will inspire you too.