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Drew Brees donates $5 million to coronavirus relief

Caitlin O'Kane

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced Thursday that he and his wife, Brittany, will make a major contribution to relief efforts in the state of Louisiana

"Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020," Brees wrote on Instagram. "The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time."

The one-time , food and face the risk of layoffs within a matter of weeks, and that's not the only industry that's suffering. The U.S. could see 14 million lost jobs by this summer, warns the Economic Policy Institute, while noting that the fluid nature of the public health crisis means such projections are in flux.

Brees' $5 million effort is one of the largest celebrity contributions to easing the pain of the coronavirus pandemic. Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation announced it was distributing $5 million to various charities and organizations.

Many celebrities, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gwyneth Paltrow have donated money to the Frontline Responders Fund.

Video: Kevin Bacon on his #IStayHomeFor social distancing campaign

Ciara and Russell Wilson said they were donating 1 million meals to Seattle's Food Lifeline. Eva Mendes chose to donate to the LA Foodbank.

Some celebrity-run companies like Lady Gaga's Haus Laboratories and Ryan Reynold's Aviation Gin are donating a percentage of its profits during this time.

Other stars are giving back in their own unique way. Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn, are participating in the "Do Your Part" challenge on social media, picking three fans to help out during this time. Fashion designer Christian Siriano announced his seamstresses would make face masks for health care workers and Bethenny Frankel said her bstrong foundation would donate 1 million masks.