Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are turning their attention to helping Michiganders get through the pandemic. Here are the coolest projects they are working on.
DETROIT — Michigan has been in the hearts and minds of celebrities for years. Hometown folks who made it big are giving back to the Mitten. Henry Ford Health System has received donation from Lizzo and Eminem.
Actor and restaurateur Mark Whalberg donated food from his Whalbergers restaurant to Beaumont Hospital staff. He took his philanthropy a step further by donating ipads so isolated patients can communicate with their families.
Detroit rapper Big Sean is continuing to transcend beyond his music career and embrace more community projects during the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Already a respected mental health advocate, his philanthropic work is done through his Sean Anderson Foundation (SAF).
After raising over $300,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan with some celebrity friends, Sean and his foundation are at it again in his home state.
This time he’s teamed up with another international superstar, Rhianna. Her Clara Lionel Foundation will be working with Sean’s SAF to donate more than $3 million to coronavirus relief efforts in Flint and Detroit.
Lyft, the David Rockefeller Fund and Jack Dorsey #Startsmall are also involved in the effort. The money will be distributed in the form of grants to “mobilize comprehensive solutions,” according to a press release. The groups are hoping to fund food distribution, foster care, temporary housing and social support services in the communities.
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer expressed gratitude for the donation.
“This generous gift will give these essential nonprofits much needed resources to help address the needs of those impacted most by COVID-19,” she said.
Big Sean, along with actor Jeff Daniels, recently narrated a video to inspire hope in Michigananders throughout this time. West Bloomfield-based Blue Racer Productions. Check it out below.