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The former Real Housewife has said goodbye to reality TV (for now) and hello to giving back full time. After quitting the Real Housewives of New York City ahead of the latest season, Frankel has been using her freed-up time to donate to those affected by the pandemic and other emergencies.
Through her disaster relief initiative, BStrong, and its partner, Global Empowerment Mission, the star is raising funds and putting together “corona kits.”
“This is becoming an absolute crisis and people are scared,” Frankel told PEOPLE in March 2020.
“I’m no expert on infectious diseases, but I am a mother and a New Yorker, and instead of living in my own anxieties and fear, I can help less fortunate parents in dealing with theirs,” she said.
“BStrong corona kits will have the essentials for families to prevent [coronavirus],” Frankel shared. “We will give them masks and gloves and I’ve gotten hydration kits donated and antibacterial and sanitization wipes as well.”
“Our goal is to create 20,000 kits,” she said, and she plans to distribute them for prevention in poverty-stricken areas.
BStrong is also raising money for cash cards to be distributed to parents who cannot afford to keep their children out of school and to help provide lunches. They have already raised $50,000.
“Bstrong is an initiative for people in crisis and this is a crisis,” she added. “My place of yes is taking a terrible situation and finding my way to help — without blame or politics, we simply get involved and do our part.”
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