Celebrities Use Their Starpower to Help Those Impacted by Coronavirus

Kristen Bell is one of many celebrities who has pledged money to charities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kristen Bell is one of many celebrities who has pledged money to charities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Katie Buelt, Staff writer

While the coronavirus has most of us stuck in quarantine for the foreseeable future, it is easy to feel helpless, especially as thousands are continue to suffer medically and economically from the pandemic. Luckily, countless celebrities have been using their influence to improve the lives of the less fortunate and set a precedent for social distancing as the virus continues to spread.

To help lessen the economic burden of the pandemic, country singer Brad Paisley announced that his free grocery store for low income families will be conducting deliveries to the elderly in the Nashville suburbs; this way, those who are most at risk will not have to put themselves at risk of contamination simply to put food on the table. In a similar move, Lady Gaga donated twenty percent of the profits from her beauty line to food banks in Los Angeles and New York. Actress Kristen Bell decided to target child hunger, as school closures has impacted those who usually qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Bell donated over $150,000 to No Kid Hungry, encouraging her followers to do the same. “They work tirelessly to provide food for the hungry bellies all over this country, ” Bell wrote in an Instagram post. “I encourage anyone with the means to share to donate as well, any amount helps, so we can get through this together.” Other celebrities focused their attention on social distancing, convincing people to stay home for the good of those who are most at risk. Actor Kevin Bacon, for example, started the #IStayHomeFor challenge on Twitter, encouraging people to share the names of the people they want to keep safe by avoiding contamination. Several other celebrities, such as Demi Lovato and Elton John, have joined in on the challenge.

But celebrities aren’t the only ones who can make a difference in the lives of those most impacted by this pandemic. Any donation, no matter how small, to charities such as Feeding America and No Kid Hungry, can make a monumental impact in the lives of suffering families. On the medical end of the crisis, the Red Cross is facing a major blood shortage; while the pandemic continues to ravage our nation, it is easy to forgot about the other health emergencies faced by people daily. Donating blood, if you are eligible, is a great, and currently lesser known, way to give back to your community. Moreover, if you are looking to help local shops and restaurants that have been forced to closed, buying a gift card can help give your favorite businesses a boost. And, of course, the most critical step we can all take is practicing social distancing, as stopping the spread of the virus will both save lives and reduce economic downfall.

For more information on the virus and how you can help, review the CDC’s guidelines or visit the Red Cross’s website.