As coronavirus wreaks havoc, celebs and companies with deep pockets are chipping in to help combat the pandemic … and the philanthropy seems to be contagious.
Ryan Reynolds got things going by committing 30 percent of all proceeds on sales of his Aviation gin through May 1 to go to bartenders who are out of work. Shortly afterward, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul followed suit with their Dos Hombres mezcal.
Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola are donating over $1 million each to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in Spain — while Roger Federer chipped in a mil to help the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.
Michael Jackson’s estate is getting in on the action too … donating $300k to help 3 communities that have been impacted by the virus — $100k each to Broadway Cares, MusiCares and Three Square Food Bank in Nevada.
Gwyneth Paltrow also added $100k to Schwarzenegger’s donation to the Frontline Responders Fund, and WWE star Rusev is shelling out $20k to WWE production and security staff.
On top of all this, Vice Prez Mike Pence announced huge corporations are doing their part — like Apple donating 9 million masks — and Yelp announced it’s matching up to $1 million in donations to local businesses.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Taylor jump-started donations on Tuesday … dropping million-dollar donations to 2 separate organizations.