Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds on the red carpet at the New York Premiere of ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’, May 2019. Ivan Nikolov/

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have marked Thanksgiving by donating $500,000 to help support homeless and vulnerable youths in Canada.

The celebrity couple made the generous donation to Covenant House in Vancouver and their local branch in Toronto.

The organization revealed the gesture in a post on their Twitter page on Wednesday, by writing: “In an incredible act of kindness and philanthropy, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating $250,000 to Covenant House Vancouver and $250,000 to Covenant House Toronto to support homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth across the nation.”

It’s the latest donation Ryan and Blake have made – they previously pledged $1 million towards coronavirus relief funds in the early days of the pandemic and sent $200,000 to the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People).

Explaining their donation to the latter, the parents-of-three said: “We’ve been teaching our children differently than the way our parents taught us. We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity.

“We talk about our bias, blindness and our own mistakes. We look back and see so many mistakes which have led us to deeply examine who we are and who we want to become. They’ve led us to huge avenues of education. We’re committed to raising our kids so they never grow up feeding this insane pattern and so they’ll do their best to never inflict pain on another being consciously or unconsciously.”


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