Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate 1 Million Dollars to Food Banks in Canada and The US

In these unique times, unexpected people are going above and beyond to give back during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Yesterday, on March 16th, the Hollywood couple, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donated $1 million to charitable food bank organizations in Canada and the USA.

Reynolds posted about his charitable generosity on his social media. He tweeted, “I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an a**hole. If you can help, visit, http://FeedingAmerica.org and/or http://FoodBanksCanada.ca,”

The tweet included a photo of a message which read:

Blake Lively also took to social media to inspire others to assist friends, neighbors, and family if they could. She stated in a comment, “Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low-income families. Ryan & I are donating $1 million to be split between @feedingamerica and @foodbankscanada. If you can give, these orgs need our help.”

Check out her Instagram message here:

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@feedingamerica @foodbankscanada ♥️

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She ended the tweet with a light comment, poking fun at her husband.

In response to the kindness and generosity of Reynolds and Lively, Dan Niset, the vice president of Major Gifts at Feeding America, responded by saying “We are so grateful for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s extremely generous donation, and for all of the donations we’ve been receiving,”

He continued and stated, “The Feeding America network of 200 food banks is working tirelessly to aid and provide meal assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors — children, the elderly, families struggling with food insecurity and individuals facing job disruptions — throughout our nation during this unprecedented time. Generosity like theirs will make all the difference.”

Let’s help one another; we are all in this together.

A Watchdog and a Baby Giraffe Develop a Friendship

Last week at The Rhino Orphanage, in Mokopane South Africa, a local farmer brought in an abandoned baby giraffe he had found. The baby giraffe was only two days old and abandoned by his mother. When the calf was first discovered, he was weak and dehydrated. Caretakers named the calf, Jazz.

At The Rhino Orphanage, based in the Limpopo Province, lives a dog, a watchdog named Hunter. Hunter resides in the sanctuary and protects the Rhinos from predators. When Jazz, the giraffe, came to the reserve the resident watchdog Hunter rapidly began to care for the new strange calf. Not long after, Hunter and Jazz were inseparable.

The workers at the non-profit organization noticed Jazz and Hunter were always together. The baby giraffe is being fed leaves and given IV therapy to help him become stronger and stay hydrated. Hunter is still there when Jazz is feeding, and they have been observed sleeping together too.

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Jazz and Hunter sleeping at the Orphanage. Credit: AP

Mammals naturally need companionship, like humans, to reduce their stress and they need their community. Hunter’s fellowship to Jazz during his time of recovery has no doubt aided the calf. The caretakers expect that Jazz will be released to the wild soon and live out his days eating leaves from tall trees in the Savanna.