Future, Stephon Marbury and more celebs donate face masks to hospital workers
Former NY Knicks player Stephon Marbury, who now lives in China, wants to deliver 10 million N95 masks for hospital workers and other first responders
While the world continues to pray for the coronavirus crisis to end, several celebs such as Rihanna, Future, Stephon Marbury and others are stepping up to help out how they can.
Rihanna already donated $5 million to various organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic through her Clara Lionel Foundation and sent much-needed protective equipment to NY hospitals.
Now, folks like Future and others are doing their part. The “Mask Off” rapper is partnering with Atlanta Sewing Style through his foundation, TheFreeWishes Foundation to make and deliver face masks to hospital workers.
“As most people adapt to the new normal of staying quarantined to protect themselves from the coronavirus, healthcare professionals do not have this privilege,” the foundation said in a statement. “In addition, they do not even have enough supplies to protect themselves from contracting the coronavirus.”
The foundation is run by Future’s sister Tia Wilburn-Anderson.
“It is important to my brother, Future and I that we are of service to our community, especially during this pandemic and throughout the year,” she said.
Former NY Knicks player, Stephon Marbury will make arrangements with a mask supplier in China to sell New York 10 million masks “at cost” for $2.75 each, below the roughly $7.50 that N95 according to The New York Post.
“At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn. This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York,” he said.
“I have family there in Coney Island, a lot of family who are affected by this, so I know how important it is for people to have masks during this time.”
He also warned folks against going out without a mask in another post.
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This is the new normal in the life. We have to adjust and adapt quickly in our lives. Wearing a mask is so important during this #coronavirus pandemic if we must be out and about. The quarantine has purpose so we can help the infected and protect the healthy. The virus is the invisible killer. It has no heart or compassion as we’re all exposed. I too have family members exposed to this virus. No one is exempt as we see people of all statue infected by this virus. The only way to move pass this is through it together. We can do this by staying home until we create a solution that everyone can conform and perform well to. Positive energy laughter, prayer 🙏🏾, meditation are some of the rules we can follow. Quick to listen and slow to speak to each other will help us communicate better to each other. This will give us strength and hope during a time we never experienced in time to grow together as 1. Keep growing and loving during this uncomfortable time. You define who you are when you create comfort in a uncomfortable state. Stay great in this space and keep pushing!!! #loveislove
Over the weekend, tons of celebrities raised money for causes supporting COVID-19 relief efforts by participating in the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday. Alicia Keys, H.E.R., and more performed songs from their own homes to raise money for organizations on the front lines.
“This song is like a prayer…I hope that we remember how resilient we are and how we defy the odds,” Keys said at the top of her performance. “I’d like to dedicate this song to all first responders and medical professionals that are risking their lives to keep us safe. We’re so grateful.”