Coronavirus: How Celebrities, Athletes, and Civilians Are Giving Back

Across the globe, people are grappling with the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Deaths due to the coronavirus have soared in Italy as hospitals try to manage high demands and lack of supplies. In the U.S., panic levels are high, with health officials advising “social distancing” and taking extra precautions to protect your health. Most major live events, TV productions, and movie releases have been canceled while citizens grapple with postponing their own important gatherings to protect vulnerable, immune-compromised individuals.

Thankfully, fear hasn’t stopped people from giving back to their communities and inspiring us all in these scary times. From acts of kindness to major donations that will help those who are sick and/or out of work, here are just a few of the ways celebrities and regular people, alike, are doing good in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak:

Zion Williamson will cover the salaries of Smoothie King Center staff

The NBA announced that all games have been canceled for the rest of the season, which means stadium workers and employees could lose serious wages. However, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson wants to do his part: He announced on Instagram that he’ll help cover the salaries of those who work at the Smoothie King Center.

“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,” he said.

Kevin Love donates $100,000 for the staff at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love was one of the first athletes who stepped in to help stadium staff that will struggle over canceled games. He promised $100,000 to benefit workers at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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