COVID-19: Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donate S$1.42m to food banks
The couple made the donation to help those in need during the coronavirus outbreak, saying, “We can all do something for one another”.
Hollywood couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively announced on Tuesday (Mar 17) that they are making a US$1 million (S$1.42 million) donation to food banks in North America, which has seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
The funds will be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, organisations that run a network of food banks across the US and Canada.
Husband and wife made the announcement over social media, with Reynolds writing on Twitter: “I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an a**hole.”
The Deadpool actor encouraged his followers to help if they can, writing: “Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families. Blake & I are donating $1 million to be split between FEEDING AMERICA and FOOD BANKS CANADA. If you can give, these orgs need our help.”
“Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy,” he continued. “Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
Reynold ended his post in typical humorous fashion, jokingly listing Hugh Jackman’s phone number. Reynolds and Jackman have played up a long-running fake feud with each other.
Meanwhile, Lively posted her own message on Instagram, writing: “Remember the love that can travel through all this. Communities are stepping up – shopping for the elderly, making lunches for children. We can all do something for one another, even if that's simply staying home.”
The Gossip Girl star managed to squeeze in a dig directed at her funnyman husband. “Now can someone please tell Ryan that 'emotional distancing' from his mother in law is not a thing. Nothing can save him.”
The couple’s charitable gesture has not gone unnoticed.
Dan Nisbet, vice president of Major Gifts at Feeding America, told Variety: “We are so grateful for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s extremely generous donation, and for all of the donations we’ve been receiving.”
“The Feeding America network of 200 food banks is working tirelessly to aid and provide meal assistance to our most vulnerable neighbours – children, the elderly, families struggling with food insecurity and individuals facing job disruptions – throughout our nation during this unprecedented time,” said Nisbet. “Generosity like theirs will make all the difference.”
Reynolds and Lively have been known to give generously to causes, donating US$2 million to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights in September 2019.