HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - A music superstar who calls Hampton Roads home is giving back to those who are putting their lives on the line to fight the coronavirus.
Sentara Healthcare announced Friday that musician Pharrell Williams, who's from Virginia Beach, and Adidas donated 8,000 face masks for healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Every act of kindness shown for our healthcare heroes does not go unnoticed," Sentara wrote on Facebook. "We appreciate our community partners for their donations and outpouring support."
In late June, the founder of the Something in the Water music festival released a video on Twitter honoring Virginia's front line workers. Titled "Virginia: A Salute to the Frontline," it was "made to acknowledge the resilient Virginian frontline workers and to show the possibilities of what happens when we come together," Williams said.
"VIRGINIA", written by @pharrell and @chadhugo— SOMETHING IN THE WATER (@sitw) June 20, 2020
Made to acknowledge the resilient Virginian frontline workers and to show the possibilities of what happens when we come together. 🙏🏾
Watch the video mixed in @Sony's 360 Reality Audio here: https://t.co/hzCATNpVnq pic.twitter.com/NiBls0Ull2
The music legend also teamed up with World Central Kitchen to help local restaurants provide meals for thousands of people all over the 757.
Also in June, Williams' collaborator and fellow Virginia Beach native Pusha T hosted the "Feed Your City" challenge in Norfolk, providing fresh groceries and essential personal protective equipment for thousands of people in the community. The event was in partnership with former NBA star Ricky Davis and The Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation (TRDLF), along with music industry veteran Tony Draper, who founded the Houston, Texas-based Suave House Records.