Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have donated $1 million to food banks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple split the money between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. Along with a screenshot with a longer message, the Deadpool actor asserted:
''I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an a**hole. If you can help, visit, FeedingAmerica.org and/or FoodBanksCanada.ca.''
He then implored people to look after themselves, writing "Blake and 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. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection. (Hugh Jackman’s # is 1-555-[sad face]-HUGH).’'
"Though we must be distancing ourselves to protect those who don’t have the opportunity to self-quarantine, we can stay connected," Lively added on Instagram. "Remember the lonely and isolated. Face, Skype, make a video."
Vice President of Major Gifts at Feeding American, Dan Nisbet, thanked the couple for their help in a statement to 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," he said.
‘The Feeding America network of 200 food banks is working tirelessly to aid and provide meal assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors – children, the elderly, families struggling with food insecurity and individuals facing job disruptions – throughout our nation during this unprecedented time. Generosity like theirs will make all the difference."This man reveals the symptoms of the coronavirus:
In a report from the World Health Organization last Wednesday (11 March), WHO declared that the COVID-19 outbreak is now being officially recognized as a pandemic:
"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.
We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death."