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Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Bethenny Frankel and more stars donate millions to coronavirus relief efforts

CELEBRITIES including Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and Jay Z have publicly offered their support for coronavirus relief efforts as the pandemic spreads across the globe.

Oprah offered $10 million for those who are battling food poverty, while Jay Z teamed up with friend Meek Mill to donate 100,000 masks to prisoners across the country.

But who else has donated to the cause?

BRUNO MARS

Finesse singer Bruno pledged $1 million to assist MGM employees in Las Vegas who have been affected by COVID-19.

The star regularly performs at the Vegas casino and in a statement from his reps, confirmed the news.

The message read: "The people at MGM have given Bruno Mars the rare opportunity to be able to continuously gig while he’s in the creative process of working on his next album."

"With the closures across Las Vegas, Bruno wanted to show his appreciation to the amazing employees who help make these shows possible in hopes that we’ll all be out of this situation and having fun together again very soon."

Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO and President of MGM Resorts International thanked Mars for his help during “these uncertain times".

DIERKS BENTLEY

The country star revealed that he would immediately be giving his 90 hourly employees $1000 after he was forced to furlough them when his Nashville bar shut down.

Whiskey Row, in the city's Lower Broad area, closed when the state government mandated that all bars and restaurants close to stop the spread of the virus, but taking to Instagram, Dierks revealed his plans to keep his staff afloat.

LADY GAGA

Lady Gaga has already raised an incredible $35 million after partnering with the WHO for a worldwide charity concert.

Through philanthropic and corporate donations, the money has been raised over seven days and will go towards the relief effort.

Gaga later pledged to her fans: "We want to raise the money before we go on air.

"When we do go on air, put your wallets away and enjoy the show."

Billie Eilish, Chris Martin, Lizzo and Camila Cabelo are among those who will be performing on the concert on April 18.

Not content with working on the concert however, Gaga's beauty brand Haus Laboratories also pledged money to LA and New York food banks.

They shared on Twitter: "In the midst of COVID-19, we've been thinking a lot about our community.

"HAUS will be giving back by donating to @lafoodbank & @foodbank4nyc in order to get food to those affected by the closing of schools & other places that offer this critical resource. Stay safe."

KYLIE JENNER

Beauty guru and reality star Kylie Jenner reportedly donated $1 million to help a Los Angeles hospital purchase masks and protective wear for the city's first responders.

Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi, Kylie's OBGYN, shared: "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.

"One of my patients, a beautiful Living Angel just donated $1,000,000 to help us buy hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear which we will have delivered directly to our first responders, as too many masks at hospitals are disappearing before making their way onto the faces of our front line heroes."

"I have never felt more blessed to be a doctor, as helping our brave ER and ICU workers feels just as gratifying as helping my own patients. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU @kyliejenner ❤️. You are my hero. This generous donation will help save many precious lives. Our world is a better place with you in it. I love you so much."

ANGELINA JOLIE

Oscar winner Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry in order to help provide meals for children from low-income families amid the crisis.

The charity shared the news in a statement, and the actress added: “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.”

CIARA AND RUSSELL WILSON

Singer Ciara and her footballer husband, Russell Wilson, donated one million meals to Food Lifeline, a Seattle-based charity.

Ciara revealed: "The world needs us ALL. These are unprecedented times. We are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine.

"Rally with us and support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica We can all make a difference together. Let’s all keep the Faith during this difficult time."

RACHAEL RAY

TV chef Rachael donated $4 million to charities including Feed America and City Harvest through the Yum-o! Organization and The Rachael Ray Foundation.

Rachel said in an interview with Buzzfeed: "John and I don’t have human children. We want to pay it forward to the next generation and of course, because of how I make my living, our avenue to do that is to offer our service through food and care for our neighbors in the best way possible."

“Today we are sending out four million dollars, splitting it equally among animal relief because all of the shelters are so full and there are so many animals suffering right now.

"And of course human relief, especially seniors and low income or communities that have very weak infrastructure, getting food out to them.”

BRAD PAISLEY

Superstar Brad has been working with Nashville charity The Store, which empowers and dignifies individuals and families who are seeking self-sufficiency.

Taking to Instagram, he revealed they would be mobilizing deliveries to elderly neighbors "who should not be out shopping at this time".

Brad shared: "In light of changing times, @thestore_nashville is mobilizing delivery of a week’s groceries to our elderly neighbors in Edgehill and Berry Hill on Wednesday’s/Thursdays.

"If anyone needs to be included on this list, we urge them to contact [email protected] Also We will continue to operate regular hours 1-7 Th/F 11-5 Sat for walk ins but please bring ID and either proof of income, proof of residence, or statement of unemployment for our recently unemployed neighbors."

MILEY CRYUS AND CODY SIMPSON

Miley and boyfriend Cody delivered 120 tacos to their local hospital workers to thank them during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Wearing protective masks, the singers posed with a trolley full of pre-prepared tacos from a local restaurant, which was delivered on Saturday afternoon.

TAYLOR SWIFT

Taylor stepped in for the employees of a record store in her hometown of Nashville, covering the health insurance costs at Grimey’s Records in Nashville.

The 30-year-old pop star paid for three months of health care for the entire staff, business partners and their families of her hometown record store as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.

Grimey’s co-owner Doyle Davis revealed to The Sun that despite the Shake It Off singer being a previous customer of the music shop, the kind gesture was “totally unexpected.”

“I didn’t know I was on Taylor’s radar at all. They called me on the last day the staff was in the store before the stay-in-place order,” Doyle said.

Taylor - who moved to Nashville when she was 14-years-old and considers it her home - asked the store what they needed most.

The music lover said: “They wanted to offer direct relief and help with essential expenses."

BLAKE LIVELY AND RYAN REYNOLDS

Acting couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds shared duel Instagram posts at the end of March revealing they will be donating $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.

They shared the crisis has “brutally impacted older adults and low-income families."

"If you can give, these orgs need our help," he continued before bringing some levity to the post and continuing his ongoing "feud" with Hugh Jackman by adding "(Hugh Jackman's # is 1-555-😢-HUGH.)"

OPRAH WINFREY

Oprah shocked fans when she revealed she would be donating over $10 million to help Americans who were "facing food insecurity."

Oprah posted on social media: "I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up."

She also said of that contribution she was donating $1 million to America’s Food Fund "to support those facing food insecurity."

She added: "I was struck by the work these organizations are doing and while everyone’s priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help."

BETHENNY FRANKEL

Real Housewives star Bethenny has been working closely with her BStrong Initiative charity and their partner, Global Empowerment Mission, to bring one million N-95 medically-approved masks to hospitals.

"Every time there's a disaster I really hear from my social media followers. They're all over the world, and they let me know what's going on quicker than the news for me sometimes. So a couple of people were talking about the masks," she said.

"I get over a thousand messages a day with people from all over the country - every hospital, every clinic, everyone in a panic and with no supplies."

The 49-year-old reality star and businesswoman said in mid-March she hoped to start sending out supplies within the next few days to medical professionals who need them most.

JAY-Z AND MEEK MILL

The friends teamed up launch REFORM Alliance, an organization set up to reform the criminal justice system by changing laws and policies, and revealed in early April they had donated 100,000 masks to prisoners across the country.

They shared on Twitter: "WE JUST DONATED 100k MASKS TO PEOPLE BEHIND BARS ... that includes 50k to #Rikers, 40k to @TNTDOC1 and 5k to #ParchmanPrison ... THANK YOU to our friend @ShakaSenghor for leading this charge. We need to protect vulnerable people behind bars & GET THEM OUT! (sic)"

Jessica Jackson, REFORM Alliance's chief advocacy officer, told CBS News: "It's a very vulnerable population.

"We're really worried about the number of people coming in and out of the facility, and the fact that the people living there might be sitting ducks during this pandemic."

KIM KARDASHIAN

The 39-year-old reality star announced a $1 million donation by her shapewear brand SKIMS to families affected by COVID-19.

Claiming that as soon as the brand restocked she would donate the generous sum to those affected by the global pandemic, she shared in a statement: “To support Mothers and Children in need during this time, SKIMS is committed to donating $1M to families affected by COVID-19."

She continued: "On Monday, we’re restocking the collection we first launched with, and in doing so, are able to help bring relief to those affected by this pandemic."

LIZZO

Truth Hurts star Lizzo treated hospital workers across Washington and Minnesota states to lunch, with Lizzo later sharing a video message thanking the professionals for "healing people".

"You guys are heroes and the least I could do is send you some lunch," she said.

"I hope you feel loved and appreciated because you well and truly are."

Washington Governor Jay Inslee thanked Lizzo, tweeting a nod to her own lyrics: "Turns out @lizzo is 100% that generous to Washington's health care workers."

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