New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took to Twitter on Thursday to publicly thank Rihanna for her donation of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to New York State. New York City is currently the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
“I want to thank @rihanna and the Rihanna Foundation for donating Personal Protective Equipment to New York State,” he tweeted on Thursday. “We’re so appreciative of your help and that of so many others who have stepped up.”
I want to thank @rihanna and the Rihanna Foundation for donating Personal Protective Equipment to New York State.
We’re so appreciative of your help and that of so many others who have stepped up.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 26, 2020
“New York is fighting a war against this virus and we need all the help we can get,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “The generosity of these companies, organizations and individuals — and many others coming forward every day to offer support — will play a critical role in our mission to bolster our hospital surge capacity, support frontline workers and get people the help they need. On behalf of the family of New York, I am deeply grateful for their generosity. We will get through this difficult time together, with the kindness, strength and tenacity that New York is known for.”
Rihanna’s nonprofit, Clara Lionel Foundation, is helping to ease the burden of the virus’s effect on people. The foundation has donated $5 million to various organizations that are already on the front line in trying to slow down the progression of the coronavirus.
“We cannot allow our doctors and nurses to become patients themselves. That’s why we must move heaven and earth to protect them and keep them safe, so that they return home safe to their loved ones. We also thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership during these trying times and for fighting every day for the best interests of New Yorkers. May God be with them all, always” said New York State Attorney General Letitia James.