Ryan Reynolds and Nathan Fillion collectively donate $ 9,000 to the Edmonton Meals Financial institution
EDMONTON – Edmonton’s Food Bank just got a big boost from two famous Canadians.
First, Ryan Reynolds donated $ 4,000 to the Feed Your Friends campaign.
“I love Edmonton. This donation commemorates Connor McGrath. With love, Ryan Reynolds, ”wrote the Deadpool star.
The fundraising campaign for the Tafel was organized in partnership with 104.9 Virgin Radio to ensure Edmontoners have the food they need during the pandemic.
Britt Jones told CTV Morning Live Edmonton that he tried to personally thank Reynolds for his donation. Jones was able to connect with him via direct message on Friday.
“I just wanted to get you to your destination,” wrote Reynolds. “I’m so happy to see that more and more people have helped out since then. This is proof of the bottomless friendliness of the Edmonton people.
A small Edmonton company, DLAS Machine matched Reynolds’ donation Thursday and donated an additional $ 4,000.
Then on Friday afternoon, Edmonton-born actor Nathan Fillion donated $ 5,000 to the fundraiser.
Along with his donation, the Castle star left a message that read simply, “Thank you for everything you do. Stay safe.”
By 2:30 p.m. Friday, the campaign had raised $ 22,000, well above the $ 10,000 target.
“It’s pretty great because people do what Ryan Reynolds does,” said Carly Kincaid Williams of Edmonton’s Food Bank. “We’d like to be two meters away, but we’d like to give him a virtual hug.”
This isn’t the first charitable donation Reynolds made to blackboards during the outbreak. He and his wife Blake Lively donated $ 1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada in March. A statement posted on the couple’s Twitter accounts said they wanted to support people who have been “brutally affected” by COVID-19.
Ryan Reynolds and Connor McGrath in 2016.
In 2016, Ryan Reynolds met 13-year-old Connor McGrath in Edmonton through the Make-a-Wish Foundation for a special showing of Deadpool. McGrath died of cancer three months later. In December of that year, Reynolds dedicated his Critic’s Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year to McGrath and another child he met through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
You can donate online to the Edmonton Food Bank campaign. The fundraising campaign will run until April 24th, 2020.