Celebs Reaching Out to Help During Shutdown

Drew Brees, James Taylor, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift among the latest
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2020 4:48 PM CDT
Big Names Reaching Out to Help During Shutdown
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.   (AP Photo/Butch Dill, Fle)

(Newser) – More big names are getting out their checkbooks to help people amid the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Famous QB: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, have committed $5 million to the state of Louisiana, reports ESPN. Among other things, that will mean 10,000 meals a day to families in need, in partnership with local restaurants and food banks.
  • Famous singer: James Taylor and his wife, Kim, donated $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, reports the AP.

  • Ariana and Taylor: Ariana Grande has begun reaching out to fans on social media and has so far doled out gifts ranging from $500 to $1,000 to more than 20 people struggling amid the shutdown, reports the New York Post. Taylor Swift is doing much the same. EOnline talks to one fan who received a $3,000 gift after the singer spotted her post about losing work as a freelance photographer.
(Read more coronavirus stories.)

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