Although he may be best known for portraying an anti-hero, Ryan Reynolds has repeatedly proven to be a Canadian hero who has never forgotten his roots throughout his career—and that's become particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, who is considered one of the greatest female hockey players, made a plea on social media on April 5, for medical supplies for her frontline healthcare worker friends in Toronto, such as masks, gloves, and chemotherapy gowns, and she offered to pick them up herself.
While she said she was unable to offer more than a signed jersey and a smile in return, Reynolds jumped in and magnified her message on his social media.
Ever the action hero, the Deadpool star said that anyone who helped Wickenheiser would receive personalized videos, movie memorabilia, or autographs from him.
Wickenheiser and Reynolds have now teamed up on a personal protective equipment (PPE) drive to support healthcare workers that will be held every Saturday in Toronto.
Previously, Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively made a $10,000 donation to the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association and a $15,000 donation to the U.S. Bartenders Guild through Aviation Gin, Reynolds’ gin company.
But that was only the beginning, as Aviation Gin is donating 30 percent of proceeds from the online sale of each bottle (until May 1) to the U.S. Bartenders Guild.
As if that’s not enough, Reynolds and Lively had also donated a total of $1 million US to Food Banks Canada and Feeding America in March.
Reynolds also made a $4,000 donation to the Edmonton Food Bank. The actor stated that he happens to “love Edmonton” and that he made the donation in memory of 13-year-old Connor McGrath, who died of cancer in April 2016.
Reynolds filmed both Deadpool and Deadpool 2 in Vancouver. The first film spent over $40 million in B.C. on production and the latter infused the B.C. economy with over $100 million on production expenses.