#HopeFromHome Raised Over $1.7M to Help Fight the Impacts of COVID-19: Here are the Highlights
On World Health Day, we participated in #HopeFromHome. It’s the world’s first multi-platform livestream fundraising event. Wanna know something cool? Thanks to your support, it raised over $1.7M (and counting) to help fight the impacts of COVID-19.
Throughout the day, entertainers, influencers, gamers, streamers, and the public came together across a range of platforms to share inspiring stories, entertain their audiences, and raise some much-needed funds. Money raised will support the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, United Way, and Red Nose Day as we address health, food insecurity, educational, and economic challenges resulting from the virus.
Here are the highlights
With so many influencers getting in on the fundraising, there were too many great moments to count. But we tried! So here's what you missed:
Jacksepticeye raises over $500K
In just 4.5 hours, Jacksepticeye showed us what the power of community is really about: coming together to help those in need.
Our favorite moment was when Comic Relief US's (the organization behind Red Nose Day) CEO, Alison Moore, joined him live to talk about how Red Nose Day is helping fight the impacts of COVID-19 on children. We were moved by Alison's summary of why and how Comic Relief US is fighting to end child poverty, and found their discussion was really interesting!
CrankGamePlays shaves his head
We knew Ethan Nester, aka @CrankGamePlays, meant business when he told his following that if he hit his goal of $50K he'd shave his head. And guess what? It only took an hour to reach that goal.
Clearly, Ethan's fans really wanted to help fight the impacts of COVID-19 – seeing him with a fresh DIY buzz cut was a great reward.
oh my god, we did it. 50k in ONE hour. RIGHT NOW I am shaving my head. Get in here, and let's bump it up to 75k! https://t.co/bhhvNfbRUf— ethan (@CrankGameplays) April 7, 2020
The cast of Criminal Minds reunites for Happy Hour
When Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), Agent David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) get together, we pay attention. This crime-fighting crew joined Aisha Taylor for a few drinks, a few laughs, and a few secrets about the show.
If you need help: https://t.co/6Ls9yJVHYW 🇺🇸 https://t.co/ywsVyyCHKC 🇨🇦— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) April 8, 2020
As long as we’re quarantining we’ll keep happy houring for charity, so keep coming back!
@kirstenvangsness @joemantegna @adamrodriguez #wheelsupworldwide #hopefromhome pic.twitter.com/ltG38Spjx7
Thousands of fundraisers helped make this happen
It was not a few fundraisers, but a cast of many, that made all the difference in raising funds for #HopefromHome. Among the cast of over 1,000 streamers, @JaidenAnimation raised over $250K, @Markiplier raised over $115K, and @Dawkosgames raised over $35K.
But you don't need to be raking in those huge amounts money to making a difference. Every little bit counts, and you have until May 1 to host your own stream and be part of the movement!