Sandra Bullock is one of the kindest souls in Hollywood – with a heart of gold. In 2015 the Oscars award-winning actress was chosen as People’s ‘world’s most beautiful woman’. This does not come as a surprise because the woman isn’t just beautiful from the outside, but from the inside too. Besides beauty and kindness, she has a secret life of philanthropy in addition to her on-screen talents. Sandra has a very simple idea of what beauty is – to be a good person.
In 2004, after the tsunami hit Indonesia, Sandra donated $1,000,000 to the Red Cross to help aid humanitarian relief efforts there.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina attacked New Orleans. Sandra then donated $1,000,000 to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts.
“This is an incredible gift. We’re so thankful. Having someone like Sandra Bullock make this kind of commitment. It helps bring people together and open their hearts and be even more generous.”
In 2010, a monstrous earthquake destroyed Haiti. Bullock donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders emergency operation in Port-au-Prince to help the victims and rebuild the country.
After the earthquake and tsunami hit Tōhoku in 2011, Sandra donated $1,000,000 to the Red Cross to help aid relief efforts of the disaster.
The relief organization said:
“This contribution is vitally important as the Red Cross works to provide critical assistance and essential relief items in this time of urgent need for so many people in Japan.”
After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017, there was devastating floods throughout the Gulf Coast. Bullock donated $1,000,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by this tragedy. She believes that disasters such as this one should bring Americans together – united as one.
“There are no politics in eight feet of water. There are human beings in eight feet of water.”
In 2018, after the destructive California fires, Bullock donated $400,000 to the Red Cross and $100,000 to The Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC), California. The HSVC said they were ‘deeply humbled’ by the donation because it will “help the HSVC provide 24/7 care for the scores of horses, bulls, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and other pets evacuated from the fires.”
“I’m glad to be able to help. We’re all family in this, whether it be human, furry or feathered.”
Sandra Bullock truly is an incredible woman. She inspires and reminds us all that we are all in this together and to help one another if we can. Another actor who helps people in need is Keenu Reeves. Though he is mainly helping children with cancer, it’s still heart-warming to see people in the world actually helping others.
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Twitter CEO Says Employees Can Work From Home Forever If They Want
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told employees in an email on Tuesday that they could keep working from home indefinitely, even after COVID-19 lockdowns end.
(TMU) – This week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told his employees that they will never be required to come back to the office if they don’t want to, and will now permanently have the option of working from home, even after the current pandemic is over.
Dorsey said that he wanted to decentralize the company’s workforce anyway, which has made this shift a bit easier for them.
A spokesperson for Twitter told reporters this week that the company has cancelled all in-person events for the rest of the year, and said that they did not expect to see offices open in the next few months.
“We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere,” the spokesperson said, according to NBC.
“The past few months have proven we can make that work. So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen. If not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it’s safe to return,” she added.
Other tech companies have also made a smooth transition into allowing their employees to work from home, but no one else has so enthusiastically embraced the new way of doing things as Twitter has.
Google has closed its offices through most of the rest of the year, but some employees will return to work this summer. Facebook will be following a similar plan, opening offices again this summer but allowing employees to stay home through the rest of the year.
Twitter employees, on the other hand, will be able to work from home forever as long as they get their jobs done.
“Opening offices will be our decision. When and if our employees come back, will be theirs,” the spokesperson said.
Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey have made numerous unexpected moves in recent years, from the ban of all political advertising on Twitter to Jack Dorsey’s promise to pledge a significant portion of his entire wealth towards charity. Thus far, Twitter is one of the only major social media platforms to turn down advertising money from politicians. Despite years of controversy about inauthentic activity on Facebook influencing elections, the website still plans to allow political ads in this coming election season. Likewise, Google and YouTube will also still allow political ads on their platforms.
As we reported last month, Dorsey announced that he will be pledging $1 billion to help fund coronavirus economic relief efforts, and said that the remaining funds will be put divided amongst a variety of other charities. This donation is not only large in scale, but is also a relatively large portion of Dorsey’s overall wealth—roughly 28% of his total 3.9 billion net worth. The money will come from his personal stake in Square Inc., the payment processing company that he also co-founded.
Employee-Owned Supermarket Chain Buys Produce From Farmers, Donates It to Food Banks
Over 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk is expected to be donated during the first week.
(TMU) — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to do damage to the United States economy, an increasing amount of working-poor and middle-class families are being pushed to the brink of poverty and food insecurity.
However, the problem has also extended to farmers, who have resorted to dumping produce and milk to cope with a crisis of falling prices and overproduction that could ruin their ability to remain economically viable.
To help cope with the spiralling crisis, employee-owned U.S. supermarket chain Publix has pledged to begin buying fresh fruit, vegetables, and milk from farmers and donating it directly to the food banks of Feeding America, a nonprofit organization devoted to relieving hunger in the United States.
The initiative will primarily benefit produce farmers in Florida, dairy farmers in the southeast, and an ever-growing number of families relying on charities like Feeding America to fill their pantries as jobless claims top 24 million as of this week.
Publix expects that over 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk will be donated during the first week of the program, which is expected to continue for several weeks.
Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a press release:
“As a food retailer, we have the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the needs of families and farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“In this time of uncertainty, we are grateful to be able to help Florida’s produce farmers, southeastern dairies and families in our communities.”
Due to school closures and a virtual freeze in the hospitality and restaurant industries in the wake of COVID-19 outbreaks and the resulting state orders to maintain physical distancing and safer-at-home rules, farmers have faced a ruinous situation that could do long-term damage to U.S. agriculture.
However, Publix hopes that its latest initiative can offer some help to both agriculture producers and local food bank partners in the region.
Pero Family Farms Food Co. CEO Peter F. Pero IV said:
“Like so many others right now, Florida farmers are in a time of need. We are humbled Publix is purchasing additional fresh vegetables from us and other local farms to donate to food banks.”
“Thank you to Publix, the participating food banks and their volunteers for making this initiative possible for those less fortunate while supporting local farms.”
The initiative comes just as Feeding America released new reports warning that the ongoing pandemic could raise the amount of food-insecure Americans to unprecedented heights.
According to the report titled The Impact of the Coronavirus on Child Food Insecurity, the number of food-insecure children could swell to 18 million—a highest-ever total since the USDA began measuring food security 25 years ago. The current record is 17.2 million in 2009 during the peak of the Great Recession.
A separate fact-sheet, The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity, also warns that in a worst-case scenario stemming from the pandemic, the number of food-insecure individuals could rise by 17.1 million—which, in turn, can lead to people facing a higher risk of experiencing severe illness and of contracting COVID-19.
However, Publix hopes that its donations totalling $2 million to support Feeding America can help do some good in helping to alleviate hunger in poor communities.
Publix’s Jones said:
“In addition to providing much needed produce and milk to food banks, this initiative provides financial support to farmers during this challenging time.
“We’re honoured to be able to work with these groups and do good together for our communities.”
Tyler Perry Pays For Seniors’ Groceries At 73 Stores In Poor Communities Amid COVID-19 Fears
“We’re all one… and we cannot get through this unless we realize, no matter what our race, we’re all one.”
(TMU) — Media mogul Tyler Perry may divide opinions when it comes to his Madea comedy film series, but public opinion about the filmmaker has been unanimous after he surprised thousands of senior citizen shoppers by unanimously picking up their grocery tabs.
Perry, who began his career as a theatrical performer in Atlanta, Georgia, decided to pay it forward Wednesday when he paid for the food and other essentials of countless senior and high-risk shoppers at 44 Kroger locations and 29 Winn-Dixie stores in the region.
According to social media users, the Louisiana native picked up the tabs of shoppers at stores in Baton Rouge, Gramercy, Luling, and a number of other locations.
While the identity of the “Atlanta Angel” was initially kept anonymous, the Kroger supermarket chain’s management soon confirmed that Tyler Perry was the donor, NBC reports.
Felix Turner, manager of corporate affairs for Kroger’s Atlanta Division, said:
“We would like to join our customers in thanking Mr. Perry for his kindness and generosity during this unprecedented pandemic.
It was truly a pleasure to see our customers fill with joy and gratitude as the news spread throughout 44 stores across metro Atlanta.”
To illustrate how overjoyed customers were by the selfless gesture, Kroger also shared a tweet that included a touching photo of a tearful elderly shopper holding a long receipt.
Speaking to CBS This Morning on Friday, Perry explained:
“What I’m hoping is that by this, paying for the groceries for these people who are just like me, like my mother, my aunt, come from where I come from… I’m hoping that other people will join in.
You know, you may not be able to pay for 73 grocery stores, but maybe you can buy groceries for one person. Maybe you can buy groceries for a neighbour.
Because we are going to be hit much harder as African Americans and as poorer people than any other minority in the country, I’m sure. So my hope is that someone will see it and say, ‘Okay, hey, I can do something to help somebody else.’”
Continuing, he said:
“I’ve had a few of those. But I wanted… to do something immediate that got to the people immediately. So I reached out to Kroger, reached out to Winn-Dixie, ’cause I remember my mother going to shop every Saturday at Winn-Dixie when I was a kid in all Louisiana and in Georgia…
And I wanted to go directly to neighbourhoods where the incomes are much lower, and I wanted to really focus and drive the point home there and try and help there.”
Perry also made clear his concerns for the Black community amid the disproportionate mortality rates they are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic. He said:
“What we need right now … We need just some hope. We are inundated with negativity. It’s bad. So many are dying…. our healthcare workers are struggling. They don’t have PPE… all of these things which are true, but they’re also so draining on the soul and spirit… So let’s all kinda spread a little bit of good news to help and encourage and motivate us all through this thing.
Because what this has taught us? We’re all one… and we cannot get through this unless we realize, no matter what our race, we’re all one.”
Tyler Perry has long been known as a self-made millionaire with a heart of gold who went from being a homeless, traumatized, and broken young sexual assault survivor to becoming one of the wealthiest Black men in Hollywood, using the proceeds from his popular low-budget films to fuel his generous philanthropic efforts.
Without so much as being asked for help, Perry has stepped up on numerous occasions to help those in need.
In 2009, Perry gave the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) a million dollar gift to celebrate the civil rights nonprofit’s centennial.
A year later, following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Perry also donated $1 million to help the first Black republic recover. His charity also inspired others to donate significant amounts to the impoverished Caribbean nation.
And in 2017, he contributed $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston, Texas.
According to his website, Perry has provided clean water to upwards of 65,000 people in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti, and India through his charity.
Last March, when 45-year-old healthcare worker and author Tynesha Evans was killed, Perry saved her bereaved family from being evicted by paying their rent while also helping them pay the costs of Evans’ funeral. Perry also pledged to cover the college tuition of Evans’ daughter Sharadiant Turner, a mathematics major.
In October, Perry pledged to use a portion of his newly-built Tyler Perry Studios to house disadvantaged women and children. He also vowed at the time to build a shelter for homeless women, displaced LGBTQ youth, and trafficking victims.
Through his charity, the Perry Foundation, Tyler Perry has funded myriad projects ranging from educational program for at-risk youth to sports clubs, arts workshops, aid for refugees, and sustainable energy projects for underdeveloped rural communities in the global South.
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey To Donate $1 Billion (~28% Of His Wealth) To Coronavirus Relief
The donation is nearly a third of Dorsey’s overall wealth.
(TMU) — Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced that he will be pledging $1 billion to help fund coronavirus economic relief efforts. This donation is not only large in scale, but is also a relatively large portion of Dorsey’s overall wealth—roughly 28% of his total 3.9 billion net worth.
The money will come from his personal stake in Square Inc., the payment processing company that he also co-founded.
Dorsey tweeted a link to a document where information about the donations will be posted, including the amount of the donation and the recipient.
“The impact this money will have should benefit both companies over the long-term because it’s helping the people we want to serve,” Dorsey said in a follow-up tweet.
Other billionaires have offered donations to different causes related to the pandemic, but this is by far the largest.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and richest person in the world, offered a donation of $100 million to Feeding America, which also happened to be the first charity to receive a donation from Dorsey. Michael and Susan Dell also pledged to donate $100 million to relief efforts.
Dorsey has been known to make radically generous moves that are almost unheard of for people in his position. In 2015, Twitter was forced to lay off about 8% of its employees. Dorsey donated $200 million in Twitter stock back to the employee grant pool as a consolation. At the time this was about a third of the stake that he had in Twitter.
At the time he tweeted, “I’d rather have a smaller part of something big than a bigger part of something small. I’m confident we can make Twitter big!”
Last week, a record 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the United States. Economists expect many more applications to be filed in the coming weeks and months.
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