‘We can get through this together’: These coronavirus heroes are helping thousands receive aid and support

  • 03/18/2020 7:13 am ET Samantha Weller
‘We can get through this together’: These coronavirus heroes are helping thousands receive aid and support 1

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As the coronavirus spreads, it’s important that everyone comes together and helps others.

Fortunately, lots of coronavirus heroes—many unsung— are helping thousands of people in need. Here are some of their stories

1. Katie Porter

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California Congresswoman Katie Porter recently convinced the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to commit to free testing for all Americans who could be carrying the coronavirus.

As she made a strong point about why every American should be able to get tested, regardless of whether they have insurance or not. Her persistence paid off, she said:

 “Everybody in America hear that? You are eligible to go get tested for coronavirus and have that covered regardless of insurance”

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo—and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks

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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo announced that he was giving $100,000 to support workers at the Fiserv Forum, where the Bucks play basketball. The staff are currently out of a job while the NBA season is on hold.

It doesn’t end there, though. Antetokounmpo’s act of kindness inspired his teammate Khris Middleton to meet his donation. Then the rest of the team chipped in—and Bucks officials announced that the franchise would match all their players’ individual contributions.

3. This team of Chinese doctors

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A team of nine Chinese medical staff in coordination with the Chinese Red Cross sent 30 tons of medical supplies to help aid Italy, which is currently the hardest-hit nation with the coronavirus.

After receiving much-needed masks and respirators, the head of the Italian Red Cross said:

“In this moment of great stress, of great difficulty, we are relieved to have this arrival of supplies. It is true that it will help only temporarily, but it is still important.”

4. The Curry’s

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When Steph Curry and his wife Ayeesha Curry learned that the Oakland Unified School District was closing, they decided to team up and create a food bank that will provide over 1 million meals to students in Oakland.

In the video released on Twitter, they said: “We want to intercede on behalf of the kids that rely on the daily services and try to help any way we can.”

Their plan will work with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Oakland Unified School District.

5. Zion Williamson

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NBA powerhouse Zion Williamson, #1 on the New Orleans Pelicans, wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post that the people of New Orleans “make our games possible.” He announced he would cover the salaries of the employees at Smoothie King Center for 30 days. He’s been with the team for less than a year, but Williamson clearly cares deeply for his newfound community.

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The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center. These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis. This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.

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6. Medical professionals

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As thousands of people have been affected worldwide, the medical professionals who are on the front line working against the coronavirus are putting themselves at risk more than anyone else—and they deserve a huge thanks.

In China, an ophthalmologist Li Wenliang first sounded the alarm in Wuhan about the virus, and Liu Zhiming, a neurosurgeon at Wuhan’s Wuchang Hospital who led the coronavirus response both passed away after catching the virus.

Doctors in Italy have been working tirelessly. One doctor discusses what it has been like working in a hospital in the heart of Italy.

Until the outbreak is over, doctors, nurses, and first responders will be working almost non-stop doing everything they can to save lives, and if it wasn’t for them, the death rate would be much higher.

7. Justin Timberlake

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The popstar from Tennessee announced that he’d be donating to his hometown’s foodbank. He’s really “in synch” with his community’s needs!

8. This guy who wore a giant donut in public

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Yes, a guy basically wore a giant donut in public to demonstrate proper social distancing and become a hero.

The man was seen wearing the donut-like cardboard circle around him in Italy, which is one of the worst-infected countries by a coronavirus in the world right now.

The original video is now private, but according to the Independent, the person filming the man asked him what the donut-like outfit is for, the man says “for coronavirus.”

Maybe for the sake of the world, donuts need to become the latest fashion trend.

9. The Watts

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Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and his wife Kealia Ohai Watt donated $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank, which will provide 1 million meals to those in need.

Additionally, the JJ Watt Foundation has raised millions to help the community after there have been 68 coronavirus cases in Texas so far.

10. José Andrés

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As governments mandate measures to enforce social distancing, restaurants across the country have been forced to close or to switch to only offering takeout. With such drastic drops in business, it’s understandable that some owners might raise prices to help offset lost profits.

But celebrity chef José Andrés has gone in the opposite direction. When DC announced a temporary halt to dine-in services, Andrés decided to transform his restaurants into community kitchens.

His motivation? Recognizing that people out of work, schoolchildren reliant on free breakfasts and lunches, and others struggling still needed to eat. The community kitchens provide low-cost meal options and don’t turn away those who can’t with no funds. People can also pay it forward by purchasing a meal for a future customer.

Andrés is no stranger to food-based nonprofits. He founded the World Central Kitchen to provide meals in the wake of natural disasters, like after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

11. This South Korean soccer player

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South Korea has reported over 7,300 confirmed coronavirus cases and 50 deaths.

South Koren sports star, Son Heung-Min donated over $82,000 (100 million won) to a South-Korean non-profit organization to help “prevent Covid-19 infection,” according to CNN.

12. Blake Griffin

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Another NBA star stepping up to help the people that make his games possible! Griffin pledged to donate $100K to workers at Little Ceasars Arena.

When fellow basketball player Kevin Love complimented him, Griffin had a humble response:

13. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Hollywood power couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds announced that they’d be donating $1 million to support food security during the coronavirus crisis. The money will be divided between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.

14. The Cornwall coronavirus heroes

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Sometimes, even the smallest things can help in tough times.

In Cornwall, England, a community of half a million, there have been eight reported cases of coronavirus, but the entire community is coming together to help make those isolated in quarantine not feel as alone.

One couple, Charlotte Pearce and her partner Louise, donated a smart device to the local nursing home for the often isolated elderly residents to use. A woman from Hayle, Julie MacDonald, offered support to her neighbors, encouraging people to spread kindness with a note saying she will do whatever she can to help anyone in isolation.

Becky Wass, an associate lecturer at Falmouth University is sending postcards to all her neighbors in town and has inspired people as far away as Australia to do the same.

Additionally, the print company, grocery store, and post office in town has offered support to the elderly—as others in the community also offer support to spread kindness.

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The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund was created by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation..

All funds go towards improving efforts to help prevent and manage the coronavirus, such as sending supplies, improving laboratory capacity with training and equipment, provide the latest science-based information to health professionals,

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