Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donate a generous $500K to Covenant House

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November 25, 2020 12:02 p.m. EST
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Power couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have once again proved how amazing they are. Reynolds and wife Lively are donating $250,000 to Covenant House Vancouver and $250,000 to Covenant House Toronto to support unhoused, at-risk and trafficked youth in Canada.The Deadpool actor has decided to use his donation as a special matching gift to encourage other people to donate to Covenant House, an organization that continues to provide essential 24/7 services to youth experiencing homelessness. Reynolds been a long-time supporter and friend to the Canadian agency (in 2011, he made a surprise visit to the Vancouver shelter) and continues to show his dedication to helping vulnerable young people."Covenant House provides love, hope and stability for at-risk youth who've fled physical, emotional and sexual abuse," said Reynolds. "They do the work of heroes. For us, helping Covenant House this way isn't a donation, but an investment in compassion and empathy." Reynolds said the world needs a lot more empathy and compassion and the young people who walk through the doors at Covenant House "have a story marked by extraordinary trauma.""They are so much more than that trauma. They have so much to offer the world," added Reynolds. "Matching this gift is saying you believe in them. You believe in the power of compassion to transform the trajectory of a human being."[video_embed id='-1']RELATED: Ryan Reynolds reveals being Canadian is his ‘greatest asset’[/video_embed]Krista Thompson, CEO of Covenant House Vancouver, said that Reynolds and Lively "truly understand that young people who are facing homelessness deserve unconditional love and absolute respect." She added that their generous donation and support mean the world to Covenant House. "We are truly grateful for their continued friendship," said Thompson.The couple continues to help communities amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In March, Reynolds and Lively announced that they donated $1 million to two food drive organizations, Food Banks Canada and Feeding America. “I think we can all agree, COVID-19 is an asshole,” Reynolds wrote on Twitter at the time. "If you can help, visit, FeedingAmerica.org and/or FoodBanksCanada.ca."If you're interested in following in the footsteps of the generous couple, you can support their Match Campaign here for Vancouver or here for Covenant House Toronto.This year has been full of unexpected events but it's important to keep the spirit of kindness and compassion alive. Reynolds and Lively are truly leading the way.[video_embed id='-1']BEFORE YOU GO: Puppy works smart not hard to escape gate[/video_embed]

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