Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds give back in a major way amid coronavirus pandemic, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds aren’t afraid to put their money where their beliefs are and in 2019, that meant donating $2 million to support immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border. “We’re blown away by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Young Center’s commitment to not only justice and democracy but humanity,” Lively and Reynolds said in a joint statement, per Variety. “Over the last few years, our perspective has grown and we’ve realized we have to do everything possible to foster more compassion and empathy in this world. History’s being written right now. We’re grateful to give back to organizations who give voice to so many.”
From the donation, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights established the Waymaker Fund, which provides essential financial support to the Young Center’s Child Advocate program so they may defend the rights of immigrant children against the Trump administration’s continued attacks. “Children are escaping rampant violence and persecution to seek safe haven in the U.S.,” Maria Woltjen, executive director of the Young Center, said. “We are so moved by Blake and Ryan’s kindness.”
Thanks to their generous donations, Lively and Reynolds have also generated awareness that will prove invaluable to the causes moving forward.