Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, announced Tuesday night that they are donating one million meals to help people affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
In a one-minute video posted on Twitter, the couple said they were partnering with Seattle's Food Lifeline, whose website says it distributes food to more than 300 food banks, shelters and meal programs in western Washington.
The world needs us all. Unprecedented times. @Ciara And I'm supporting our Seattle community by donating 1 million meals to Seattle @FoodLifeLine https://t.co/TMUkkwjDV6 Gather and support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica
We will all keep the faith during this difficult time pic.twitter.com/i2oJnQoOgbAdvertisement
– Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 18, 2020
Western Washington was hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. The Washington State Department of Health website listed 1,012 cases of coronavirus and 52 deaths across the state on Tuesday afternoon. These numbers included 569 cases and 43 deaths in King County, where Seattle is located. A more recent Associated Press report listed the death toll in Washington state at 54, the highest in the United States.
Governor Jay Inslee on Monday ordered a statewide temporary closure of all bars, restaurants, gyms and other facilities to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
In the video, Ciara encouraged the audience to donate as well and to practice social detachment.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Tuesday he promised the Harvesters Community Food Network 15,000 meals. Mahomes tweeted that he and his foundation are committing $ 100,000 to organizations in Kansas City affected by the outbreak.