THERE are many good Samaritans in showbiz who made their own efforts to help others in this dangerous times of the corona crisis. Leading the list of local celebrities who quickly opened their hands and their wallets to lend help is Angel Locsin. She donated sterilized tents and beds for medical personnel and other frontliners in Taguig, Muntinlupa and Makati so they can have a place where they can stay and rest when they’re off duty.
Then there are stars who started their own donation drive. One of them is Bela Padilla, who reportedly got more than P1 million, to be distributed to 16 cities and municipalities. She also distributed food packs to street vendors.
Another well meaning star is Maine Mendoza who launched her own fund campaign called DoNation and it has since accumulated nearly P600,000. So far, she has distributed help to 587 families and she has full accounting of all her expenses which you can check online on DoNation Drive.wordpress.com.
Judy Ann Santos has distributed help to families who have lost their jobs during the crisis and she’s now producing face shields to be distribruted to medical staffers of various hospitals for their protection against the virus. She acknowledges that all the materials she used were provided by friends from @faceshieldsforfrontliners. She added: “Magtulungan po tayo. I will be coming up with a video on how to make these face shields. For now, God bless us all. Lalo na ang mga nagbubuwis ng mga buhay nila para sa kaligtasan nating lahat.”
Lovi Poe, in turn, is active in making hazmat suits, a PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) used by our medical frontliners to protect themselves against the virus while attending to their patients. She asked people to donate.
She says in her post: “One doctor-approved suit is worth 400 php. Any amount of donation will be a huge help. If we all work together and sum up everything, imagine how many suits we can make and how many frontliners we can help! Let’s show them our gratitude by STAYING HOME and also by GIVING A HELPING HAND!”
Meantime, Kim Chiu personally distributed help to poor residents who lost their jobs in four barangays in Marikina. She herself and her family members repacked the rice and other relief goods that they gave away.
“Ang sarap ng feeling na makatulong ka kahit sa maliit na paraan,” she wrote. “Naging bonding na rin ng mga kasama kong angels sa bahay kasi kami mismo ang namili, na-pack at namahagi ng goods sa about 500 families.”
Rocco Nacino, in turn, to celebrate his recent birthday, chose not to have a party but distributed free breakfast to soldiers in checkpoints and also health workers located in remote areas. “I hope it will help boost their morales in these trying times,” says the star who plays Sgt. Diego Ramos or Wolf in “Descendants of the Sun”.
To all these kind and generous stars who are socially conscious in helping others in this time of crisis, may God bless you and may your tribe increase.