Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, actors and vocal human rights activists, pledge to double donations up to $1 million for refugees of the Ukrainian war. Previous causes that they have supported in the same manner include donations to North American Food Banks, COVID relief, and hunger relief organizations.
The Russian invasion in Ukraine has leftover 500,000 Ukrainians without a home in just 4 days. And with this unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation, celebrity couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have stepped up. Using their celebrity status for humanitarian aid, they have once again won hearts of the world over.
Putin’s 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine and it’s consequences
Russia declared unprovoked war on Ukraine on 24 February 2022 by President Vladimir Putin’s orders. This led to the loss of over 50,000 lives, with countless left without a shelter struggling for hours to escape by train. While Russian motives remain unclear, the move has faced severe international backlash. However, the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Canada have shown strict opposition.
Ryan Reynolds takes a stand
Once again, Ryan Reynolds has taken it upon himself to donate to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). He has pledged to double donations up to $1 million to help victims of the Ukraine-Russia War. Posting a heart-wrenching picture of a little girl struggling to get on a bus on Instagram, Reynolds said:
“In 48 hours, countless Ukrainians were forced to flee their homes to neighbouring countries. They need protection. USA for UNHCR is providing it. When you donate, we’ll match it up to $1,000,000, creating DOUBLE the support.”
Blake Lively supports Ryan Reynolds
Retweeting USA for UNHCR’s tweet, Blake Lively wrote on Twitter:
“Ryan Reynolds & I are doubling every $ donated to UNHCR up to $1,000,000. UNHCR is on the ground providing lifesaving aid, & working with neighboring countries to ensure protection for the 50,000+ who were just forced to flee.”
What’s next for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively?
So we all know the dedicated fan following Blake and Ryan collected over the years will ensure their effort does not go unnoticed. They have managed to gather a huge number of donations. And we are certain their efforts will bear fruit. They have always been Hollywood’s sweethearts and this cause has shown exactly why.