Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $1m to coronavirus relief efforts

One of Hollywood’s best-loved couples has decided to set an example to their fans, by helping feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic with an incredibly generous gift.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds announced on Monday they were donating a massive $1 million to two organisations to help older adults and low-income families.

Their cash will be going to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada in an incredible act of kindness.

According to actor Ryan, the groups have been "brutally impacted" by the COVID-19 pandemic and are in desperate need of cash in order to feed the most vulnerable.

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"I think we can all agree, COVID-19 is an a**hole," Deadpool actor Ryan wrote on his Instagram, before explaining that their monty would be split between the two organisations – one in the US, one in Canada.

He also posted a statement that said the deadly virus had "brutally impacted older adults and low income families".

Blake chimed in on her platforms to encourage those who can to donate to do so and help the people most affected by the global pandemic.

The Gossip Girl actress reminded her fans to practice social-distancing, and encouraged people to stay connected through alternative means, such as video calls.

"Though we must be distancing ourselves to protect those who don't have the opportunity to self quarantine, we can stay connected," Blake wrote.

"Remember the lonely and isolated. FaceTime, Skype, make a video.

“Remember the love that can travel through all this."

Hubby Ryan echoed her pleas, writing: "Call someone who's isolated and might need connection.”

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He finished his statement lightening the mood with a cheeky dig: "Hugh Jackman's HUGH."

Blake reminded her followers to be kind an help their communities: “Shopping for the elderly, making lunches for children. We can all do something for one another, even if that's simply staying home."

Blake also used her platform to promote a New York grocery shopping service, which aimed to help those who are most at-risk of catching the virus.

And, just like her husband, the 32-year-old injected some humour into the unprecedented times, roasting her husband about his attempt to distance himself from her mum.

"Can someone please tell Ryan that 'emotional distancing' from his mother in law is not a thing. Nothing can save him,” she signed off.

The couple’s enormous donation comes as cases in the UK reach almost 2,000, with more than 400 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours.

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