With India's Covid situation critical, hospitals short-staffed and oxygen supply scarce, the latest celebrity to lend a helping hand in times of crisis is Twinkle Khanna, who has managed to arrange 100 oxygen concentrators to be brought directly into the country through the United Kingdom.
Announcing the news on social media, Mrs Funny Bones requested leads on reliable organisations and registered NGOs who could aid in distributing the oxygen concentrators to people in dire need.
"Please give me leads of a verified, reliable, registered NGO who will help distribute 100 oxygen concentrators," she asked on Twitter. "(Supplies upto 4L/min of oxygen) that will be sent directly from the UK to them."
She apologetically informed the public how she had been 'in a bit of a hole' due to her family's ill health, but now wanted to actively play in her part in offering assistance. Encouraging others to do the same, she said it would be a proud moment to look back on once the pandemic was over and they could be relieved it brought out the best in them.
"I think for the last few weeks with members of my own family ill I have been in a bit of a hole. But I couldn’t stay there for long," she wrote on a post on Instagram. "I implore all of you in your own way to do whatever you can so we can look back at this bleak moment and at least say it took the worst but it brought out the best in all of us."
"Wonderful news — Dr Drashnika Patel and Dr Govind Bankani of London Elite Health through Daivik Foundation are donating 120 oxygen concentrators and as Akshay Kumar and I have managed to get our hands on 100 as well, we have a total of 220. Thank you for the leads. Let's all do our bit," she wrote.
Previously, her husband Kumar donated INR 10 million to the Gautam Gambhir Foundation.
"These are really tough times, Gautam Gambhir. Glad I could help. Wish we all get out of this crisis soon. Stay Safe," he had replied on Twitter to the cricketer who thanked him for the gesture of kindness.
However, they aren't the only popular names to play their part. Star Ayushmann Khurana and his wife Tahira stepped up and contributed to the Covid relief fund.
""We have been in the eye of the storm since last year. This pandemic has broken our hearts, made us endure pain and suffering like never before, showed us how solidarity with one another can make us handle this humanitarian crisis. Today, again, this pandemic asks us to show fortitude, resilience and mutual support,” Khurana wrote with a heavy heart.
Thanking each and every individual who 'inspired them to do more', he then announced having contributed to the Maharashtra Chief Ministers Relief Fund.
“This is the time when we should come together as a community and care for each other. People need as much help as possible and we can all look to do our bit as we deem fit," he said.
Previously, Main Hoon Na star Sushmita Sen too managed to arrange oxygen cylinders, asking for help transporting them from Mumbai to Delhi towards areas that needed urgent aid.