As the impact of COVID-19 continues to ripple out through every corner of society, many are looking for creative solutions to these new and difficult problems. Celebs are in a unique position to reach millions via social media with important messaging like #stayhome and #stopthespread but many also possess robust financial means and production capabilities.
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Designer Christian Siriano and chef turned reality star Bethenny Frankel, for instance, have employed the power of their businesses and non-profit organizations to get vital food and safety supplies into the hands of those who need it. Others have made in-kind donations or launched pressure campaigns to urge the government to step in and help.
However they’ve done it, we commend these famous folk who’ve jumped into action in the ongoing fight against a global pandemic.
The do-good designer known for dramatic gowns and inclusive runways is sewing masks to help the millions of healthcare workers currently unable to protect themselves. According to a recent Instagram post, the “Project Runway” winner turned host is making “hundreds of masks per day” and counting.
The award for the least surprising celebrity to end up on this list goes to the Spanish-born, DC-based chef José Andrés. Andrés has become synonymous with swooping in wherever crisis strikes and people are in need of food or supplies. His non-profit World Central Kitchen is once again on the front lines; first, feeding folks when they were quarantined on the Princess Cruise ship, and more recently, delivering thousands of vital N65 masks to hospitals.
When Hurricane Maria descended on Puerto Rico, the reality TV star snapped into action and it seems she hasn’t stopped since. Frankel plans to make and donate one million masks through her foundation BStrong. The founder of Skinnygirl food, booze, and lifestyle brand also told CBS News that her team is creating prevention kits, which include masks, gloves, antibacterial gels and wipes, SOS Hydration water, and DripDrop hydration powder and distributing them to people in need.
Hedley & Bennett
The stylish culinary workwear brand has turned their energy towards mask-masking to help battle the coronavirus outbreak. The reusable face masks were developed in conjunction with a licensed medical doctor, according to the brand’s website. You can purchase them individually with a buy one give one plan or buy them and donate directly to medical workers here.
It’s no secret that bars and restaurants are some of the hardest hit during the economic shutdown resulting from COVID-19. Celebrated San Francisco chef and restaurateur Alice Waters, along with Curtis Stone and others, launched a petition to pressure government officials to, among other things, provide emergency employment benefits to hourly and salaried workers laid off during the outbreak. At last check, the petition had been signed over 300,000 times. Waters also launched a GoFundMe relief fun for her own restaurant’s employees which has netted over $30,000 to date.
Any celebrity worth their weight has a liquor brand in 2020. Ryan Reynolds is no exception but the actor is looking to use his booze for good during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reynolds announced that 30 percent of sales from Aviation Gin will go “as a tip to bartenders”—many of whom are currently going without pay—via the United States Bartender’s Guild. Bottoms up!
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