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Arnold Schwarzenegger Donates $1 Million in Protective Equipment to Coronavirus Fight

“The 95 mask. That’s exactly what everyone is looking for—it keeps them healthy, fit, and alive. Mission accomplished.”

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(TMU) — Action movie legend and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated $1 million worth of masks and personal protection equipment (PPE) to help medical workers in the fight to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The 72-year-old star of Terminator and Total Recall endorsed a fundraising page belonging to Flexport.org, an aid organization that has been working to put critical medical equipment into the hands of doctors, nurses, and medical workers who are saving lives across the world.

Schwarzenegger has kept a very public profile amid the rapidly expanding crisis, urging Californians to obey shelter-at-home orders and socially isolate themselves. The former governor and bodybuilder has also offered backyard workout tips to followers.

Last Tuesday, he announced the donation in a post to Instagram where he linked to a GoFundMe page for the Frontline Responders Fund. He wrote:

“I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better.

This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and I’m proud to be part of it.

I donated 1 million dollars, and I hope that all of you who can will step up to support these heroes.”

In a statement for the GoFundMe page, Schwarzenegger said:

“Our doctors, nurses and hospital staff are the real action heroes of this crisis. I just play one in the movies.

We have an opportunity and a responsibility to provide them with personal protective equipment right now to keep them safe as they fight this virus, so when I heard about Flexport.org’s plan, this was a no-brainer to me.

With all of the courageous work they are doing on the frontlines to keep us safe, buying a few hundred thousand masks with a million dollars is the least I can do. Please take a moment to join me in supporting our heroes.”

In a video he posted to Facebook, Schwarzenegger updated followers about the delivery he personally made to a Los Angeles hospital.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Helps Hospital Workers

Arnold Schwarzenegger just donated $1,000,000 in masks and protective gear to hospital workers.

Posted by ATTN: on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Standing in front of a huge pile of boxes containing gowns, masks, thermometers, and other supplies, he said:

“A week ago, we went and we ordered a million dollars worth of masks and protective gear for our nurses and for our doctors and our medical workers here at the hospitals around Los Angeles.

And now I’m here to check out if, in fact, it got here and if the right masks got here.

All of this here is part of the shipment right here to the hospital.”

Continuing, he pulled out an N95 mask from a box and said:

“The 95 mask. That’s exactly what everyone is looking for—it keeps them healthy, fit, and alive.

Mission accomplished.”

By Elias Marat | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

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Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces

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Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.

And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.

The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.

The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.

At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.

When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.

Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.

The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.

The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.

“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.

“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.

His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.

Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.

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Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber

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An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.

In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.

“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”

As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.

Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.

Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.

So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.

“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”

As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.

Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”

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Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family

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Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.

“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.

Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.

Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.

“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.

“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”

The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.

The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.

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