Coronavirus: Arnold Schwarzenegger donates $1M toward relief efforts

Coronavirus: Arnold Schwarzenegger donates $1M toward virus relief efforts

LOS ANGELES — Another celebrity is donating to first responders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to “Good Morning America,” actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced in a Tuesday Instagram post that he had pledged $1 million to the Frontline Responders Fund, a GoFundMe campaign that aims to get face masks, gloves and surgical gowns to first responders.

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“I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better,” wrote Schwarzenegger, who is listed as one of the campaign’s organizers. “This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the front lines in our hospitals, and I’m proud to be part of it. I donated $1 million, and I hope that all of you who can will step up to support these heroes.”

By Thursday morning, the campaign had raised $3.7 million toward its $10 million goal.

According to the GoFundMe page, the contributions go to the Flexport.org Fund, which is managed by CAF America. Flexport then supports the companies involved in the making and delivery of the items.

“We’re at the point of intersection for companies to move critical supplies from the factory and get them to frontline responders,” the campaign’s description says. “Hospitals and medical centers tell us where we need to surge resources. We’re working with every major trucking company, airline, medical supplier and everyone in between.”

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during a Homelessness Symposium at USC in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2020.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during a Homelessness Symposium at USC in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2020. (Ronen Tivony / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)