Jeremy Lin Donates $300,000 to Help Fight COVID-19

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Jeremy Lin is donating $300,000 towards the global fight against COVID-19.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the former NBA star announced that he and his foundation in China have donated 1 million yuan ($143,000) to bring medical equipment to Wuhan — the epicenter of the pandemic — and an additional $150,000 to combat the novel coronavirus.

 

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been monitoring coronavirus and the darkness it’s casted over the world. News headlines of racism, xenophobia, attacks on Asians and decaying trust towards people. All heartbreaking and the opposite of God’s kingdom. But for every fear-inducing headline, I see hope. I see doctors and nurses fighting the front lines in China, Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy and more. I see people helping people in countries regardless of race or background. Talk less out of hate, more out of empathy. Lets talk about the man who made 16,000 meals for frontline workers. Lets appreciate the doctor who postponed his wedding and then tragically lost his life fighting the virus. He’s a hero.Lets be inspired and demand justice for Meera Solanki who defended her Asian friend against an aggressive man in Birmingham only to be knocked unconscious. Lets follow suit and take action like Inner Mongolia who sent 2500 tons of potatoes to Wuhan. There are many examples of racism but also countless examples of hope – May Lee and her podcast, the Guardian Angels group, companies donating masks, all the bold frontline workers and more. Dont criticize unless youre willing to be a part of the solution. With my bball foundation in China, we’ve donated 1 million RMB to get medical equipment to Wuhan. I’ll also be donating an additional $150,000 towards fighting this virus. Let’s all do our part to quarantine, wash our hands vigorously, wear a protective mask to avoid germs spreading and do our part to share facts and preventative measures. Stay together, fight on! Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good — Romans 12:9

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On Saturday, the 31-year-old Beijing Ducks star shared that he is donating $150,000 more to UNICEF USA for the same cause.

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“Lets focus on what we can do in these challenging times. In our effort to battle this virus, I’m matching my $150,000 China foundation donation with an additional $150,000 contribution to @UNICEFUSA to help fight COVID-19 globally while partnering with governments,” Lin wrote.This donation is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions affected by the closing of schools, missed paychecks, etc.”

 

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It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes. Let’s change the way we eat, change the way we live, change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do What we gotta do, to survive. As Tupac once said, it’s time for some changes – from me, you, everyone. Lets focus on what we can do in these challenging times. In our effort to battle this virus, I’m matching my $150K China foundation donation with an additional $150K contribution to @UNICEFUSA to help fight COVID-19 globaly while partnering w governments. This donation is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions affected by the closing of schools, missed paychecks, etc. Please JOIN ME in this donation to make a global impact by going to www.unicefusa.org/jlin7 It doesn’t matter how much you donate or what you do, just encouraging everyone take one step to love someone in need. Love melts hate. Light outshines darkness. Be apart of the change you wanna see. Stay together, much love ❤️

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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) — the pathogen responsible for COVID-19 — has so far infected 174,786 individuals worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks cases documented by the World Health Organization and other sources. The majority of the cases are concentrated in China (81,032), followed by Italy (27,980), Iran (14,991), Spain (9,428) and South Korea (8,236).

Meanwhile, the disease has killed a total of 7,057 people. Most (3,099) came from central China’s Hubei province — which houses the city of Wuhan — followed by Italy (2,158), Iran (853), Spain (335) and France (127).

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Lin, who also acknowledged the racism and xenophobia that Asians face in the midst of the outbreak, encouraged others to join him in whatever capacity they can at www.unicefusa.org/jlin7.

“It doesn’t matter how much you donate or what you do, just encouraging everyone take one step to love someone in need,” he wrote. “Love melts hate. Light outshines darkness. Be a part of the change you wanna see. Stay together, much love.”

 

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News of Lin’s donation has received more than 220,000 likes, with many commenting about their gratitude for his generosity.

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“I so love your heart and the truth of this post. The things I’ve seen posted on social media and the things I’ve heard and been hearing people say about Asian people since the beginning of this outbreak has been ridiculous and heartbreaking,” one user commented. “I’ve been praying and will continue to pray through this.”

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correctly report Jeremy Lin’s age at 31, not 35.

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