New York State of Mind: Celebrities Give Back

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Photo by REUTERS/Bang Showbiz

This year, celebrities are not just staying home, they’re giving back to the state they call home! From donating clothes and food to making sure vulnerable students have what they need to succeed, these stars are sparking acts of kindness across the nation.

Bella Hadid donates clothing to homeless charity during snowstorms

Bella Hadid has donated clothes from her wardrobe to The People’s Table to help the homeless during the New York City snowstorms.

“The snow has been beautiful, but as it gets colder, I can’t stop thinking about the people who don’t have homes this winter.. who walk to work every morning in the snow without the layers they need… (sic),” Bella explained in a lengthy, heartfelt post on Instagram.

“I am always thinking of the people that might not be able to afford thick, warm coats for themselves, their kids, parents, etc.” she continued.

The 24-year-old urged her fans to throw their support behind the non-profit New York-based organization.

“I went through my closet and found some of my warmest things, jackets, and coats to send to @thepeoplestablenyc; they picked up all of it and will dispense it throughout the city to the people that need it most. I’m gonna continue to support them, especially through the winter!!” Bella enthused.

“Thank you to the people’s table for all that you do. I am so inspired.”

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Naomi Campbell donates 1,000 food parcels to hospitals across New York

Naomi Campbell teamed up with Cipriani Restaurants NYC to have 1,000 food parcels delivered to frontline workers at five hospitals across New York.

Naomi wanted to offer the “small token of appreciation” to the courageous staff at Mt. Sinai, Montefiore, Harlem Hospital, Coney Island Hospital, and Elmhurst Hospital, who are putting themselves at risk to keep the city safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: “Thank you for devoting yourself to being a frontline worker during the pandemic of COVID-19. I wanted to acknowledge and appreciate the risk you have been taking these past nine months to keep New York City safe. Please enjoy this small token of appreciation as a form of gratitude for your hard work and efforts during these difficult times.”

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos provide scholarships to homeless students

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have paid for laptops and scholarships worth $2,000 each for a total of 20 of the most vulnerable students who are headed to college in New York.

Kelly and Mark’s generous donation is being done in partnership with the Win foundation in New York, which provides safe housing and critical services to help homeless women and their children rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness.

In a statement, Kelly said: “Mark and I are so excited to help these students in whatever small way we can. Starting college is a pivotal moment for so many and being a part of this time is really special for our family. We know each of these scholarship recipients has a bright future ahead and we can’t wait to see what amazing things they accomplish!”

Kelly, 49, added in her statement: “We were watching our kids, with all of their technology, and Mark and I said, ‘Learning remotely is so difficult…how are they possibly doing this at Win?’ Sure enough, they didn’t have the Wi-Fi, tablets, or other things they needed.”

One recipient, named Mikayala Garay, said: “As a student at SUNY Morrisville studying equine science to one day become a vet, I take classes off-campus at nearby stables. I’ll use this money to buy books and to save up for a car to get to and from my classes off-campus.”


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