Kylie Jenner donates $1 million to first responders for coronavirus relief

Since everything else in this country besides Kylie Jenner’s money seems to be running out, the makeup mogul has made a $1 million donation to medical workers at the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. 

The reality TV star’s donation will go toward purchasing “hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear” for first responders in Los Angeles-area hospitals.

Dr. Thais Aliabadi of Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai Medical Center, who delivered Jenner’s daughter Stormi in February 2018, made the announcement on her Instagram page on Wednesday. 

“I am speechless, my eyes are filled with tears of joy and my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude,” Aliabadi captioned a side-by-side photo of herself and Jenner. “I made a wish to the Universe to gather protective masks for our brave healthcare workers and today my dream came true.” 

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Last week, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced that they had tested positive for COVID-19 after contracting it in Australia, where Hanks was filming a movie. 

"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," the Oscar-winning actor shared on Instagram. "Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."

"Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?"

Idris Elba took to Twitter on Monday morning to announce that he, too, contracted the virus. The actor was at the same conference in Webley as Sophie Trudeau, who also tested positive. 

He shared with his fans:

"This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.

Sophie Gregorie Trudeau, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, was announced to have tested positive for the virus last week. 

Her symptoms developed after attending a conference in Britain in early March. The prime minister is not showing symptoms and will not be tested, but will remain under quarantine.

Kristofer Hivju, best known for his role as Tormund on "Game of Thrones," took to Instagram on Monday to reveal he was self quarantining with his family in Norway.  

"We are in good health,” he wrote. “I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading.

Olga Kurylenko, who starred in the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace,” announced this weekend that she has contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. 

“I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now,” she wrote on Instagram. “Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”

Donavan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, both players on the Utah Jazz basketball team, have tested positive for the virus. Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive, which prompted the suspension of the rest of the basketball season. 
Callum Hudson-Odoi, a forward for the Chelsea football team, tested positive for the virus, in addition to Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta. Following the announcement, all professional soccer games in England have been postponed. 
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“One of my patients, a beautiful Living Angel just donated $1,000,000 to help us buy hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear which we will have delivered directly to our first responders, as too many masks at hospitals are disappearing before making their way onto the faces of our front line heroes,” she wrote. 

“I have never felt more blessed to be a doctor, as helping our brave ER and ICU workers feels just as gratifying as helping my own patients. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU @kyliejenner,” Aliabadi continued. “You are my hero. This generous donation will help save many precious lives. Our world is a better place with you in it. I love you so much. Thank you X a million....”

Jenner liked the post and confirmed the donation in the comments below, writing, “love you! and thank YOU for all the love and care you put into everything that you do! you’re an angel on earth.”

The state of California has been under “Safer at Home” orders since earlier this month, with all nonessential businesses barred from operating as part of the ongoing effort to control the spread of the coronavirus.

As of Wednesday afternoon, California had the fourth-largest outbreak in the U.S., with 2,100 confirmed cases and 40 related deaths, according to CNN.

The rising number of cases, of course, puts a strain on hospitals around the country, with the Los Angeles Times reporting that ICU beds at Los Angeles Country hospitals are already at or nearing capacity. 

Jenner has been encouraging her millions of followers to stay at home while extending her gratitude to people working during the crisis. 

“Today marks my 2nd week inside and self quarantine,” she wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “We can do this. Let’s take this SERIOUS.”

Earlier this year, Jenner donated $1 million to the Australian bushfire relief efforts after she was criticized for showing off her $1,480 mink fur Louis Vuitton slippers, considering an estimated 1 billion animals died amid the devastation.


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