Kings' Bogdanovic, Bjelica and Divac donate supplies to fight coronavirus in Serbia
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three members of the Kings organization are teaming up to donate needed supplies to medical facilities caring for coronavirus patients in their native Serbia.Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica are partnering with general manager Vlade Divac’s foundation — the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation — to fund the purchase of ventilators, medical-grade masks and supplies to support hospitals providing critical care for COVID-19 patients, the Kings said in a news release Tuesday.“I am inspired by all those across the NBA and around the world who have given back to individuals harde...
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Nearly $1.4 billion needed in extra resources to feed the hungry nationwide over the next 6 months
PHILADELPHIA — As need spikes and food supplies dwindle, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief agency said it faces a $1.4 billion shortfall in resources over the next six months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The alert comes from Feeding America, a network of 200 major food banks across the United States.School closures and rising unemployment could result in an estimated additional 17.1 million people experiencing hunger, an increase of 46%, according to Feeding America officials.They said in a statement: “The situation is becoming more dire as food donations to the Feeding Americ...
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'Too much to lose.' Why a Miami man moved into a backyard tent during coronavirus crisis
MIAMI — Rain dripped into in his tent and woke John Delgado before the sun.Beneath a pounding rain, he quickly scrambled, careful not to trip into his backyard pool in the dark. He dragged the air mattress from his Coleman camping tent into the pool bathroom that acts as an airlock between himself and the rest of his family asleep inside their Homestead, Fla., house.Delgado has spent the last two weeks living in this tent in his backyard to avoid the possibility of infecting his family with the coronavirus. He’s a frontline staffer for a food bank, Farm Share, where he oversees free groceries ...
Oprah Winfrey donates $10 million to support those facing food insecurity due to coronavirus
The Queen of All Media is the Queen of All Goodwill during the coronavirus crisis.Oprah Winfrey has revealed on Instagram that she’ll give a million-dollar donation to the charity America’s Food Fund, and $9 million will be distributed to various coronavirus relief organizations around the country.On Wednesday, the GoFundMe-powered nonprofit organization was established by Leonardo DiCaprio, Apple and the Ford Foundation, among others, and is focused on fighting food insecurity.DiCaprio and Powell Jobs together donated $5 million, one-third of the fund’s $15 million goal, with Apple contributi...
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Editorial: Coronavirus makes it critical FDA ends blood donation discrimination against gay men
Along with surgical masks, ventilators and intensive care beds, the nation’s blood supply is under heavy strain during the coronavirus pandemic.The American Red Cross announced a “severe blood shortage” on March 17 as COVID-19 spread and planned blood donation drives had been canceled. While social distancing and staying out of public spaces continue to be sound policy to tamp down the pandemic, the need for a robust blood supply is urgent and will be ongoing for weeks to come.This need has little precedent, and the federal Food and Drug Administration must act accordingly by broadening the po...
The Seattle Times
Coronavirus crisis leaves food banks strapped for volunteers and donations, facing increased demand
SEATTLE — When news broke last month that the novel coronavirus caused its first death in the Puget Sound region, Rainier Valley Food Bank installed a hand-washing station outside its building.Then, after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee restricted gatherings of 50 people or more, the food bank stopped allowing clients inside. Instead, it handed out bags of food at the front entrance and limited the number of people it served at one time.But even those precautionary measures are already feeling out of date, said Kara Hunter, development associate at Rainier Valley Food Bank.“We’re trying to keep thi...
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Commentary: In support of President Trump's use of the Stafford Act
The tornadoes that tore through my former congressional district that spring day in 1985 took 42 lives, injured dozens more and leveled three towns. Tornadoes are rare in northwestern Pennsylvania, but the three that clobbered Albion, Atlantic and Wheatland, near Erie, left a lasting mark — not just on the residents of those communities, but also on their second-term congressman. A lousy federal response to the disaster spurred me to author what would become known as the Stafford Act.Thirty-five years after those devastating tornadoes, the changes we authored about how our federal government r...
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Heidi Stevens: Ronald McDonald House, a port in the storm for families with sick kids, asks public to fill coronavirus-prompted gap where volunteers used to be
CHICAGO — Ronald McDonald House is what happens when you take the best of humanity and put it up against some of life’s darkest hours.The concept — a free, welcoming, nearby space for families to live while their children are hospitalized — arrived in Chicago more than 40 years ago.At the time, founder Charlie Marino’s daughter, Gage, was being treated for stage 4 leukemia at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park. He and his wife, Jean, noticed families living out of suitcases and sleeping on hospital couches to remain near their sick children.The Marinos asked their daughter’s oncologi...
Coronavirus relief? Fox to present 'Living Room Concert for America'
Need a break from all the grim pandemic news? Here’s a ray of light: The Fox network on Wednesday announced that it will present “The iHeart Living Room Concert for America.”Hosted by Elton John, the offbeat musical event is intended to “provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic.”The show will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more, from their own homes, filmed with their...
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NCAA to allow Trevor Lawrence, other athletes to raise money during COVID-19 outbreak
Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry will be able to raise money for coronavirus victims after all.The NCAA informed the Clemson Athletics department late Tuesday afternoon that it will allow Lawrence and other athletes to raise money for charities during this time of need.The news comes about two hours after The State published a story that said NCAA rules prohibited Lawrence and Mowry from having a GoFundMe page for coronavirus victims because athletes cannot use their name, image and likeness for crowd funding.The NCAA released the following statement to The State Tuesday evenin...
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