EDMONTON — Edmonton’s Food Bank just got a big boost from a famous Canadian. Ryan Reynolds made a $4,000 donation to the cause.
“I happen to love Edmonton. This donation is in memory of Connor McGrath. Love, Ryan Reynolds,” the Deadpool star wrote.
The fundraising campaign for the food bank was organized in conjunction with 104-9 Virgin Radio to help ensure Edmontonians have the food they need during the pandemic.
This isn’t the first charitable donation Reynolds has made to food banks during the outbreak. He and his wife Blake Lively donated $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada in March. In a statement posted to the couple’s Twitter accounts, they said it was to support people who had been “brutally impacted” by COVID-19.
Ryan Reynolds and Connor McGrath in 2016.
In 2016, Ryan Reynolds met 13-year-old Connor McGrath in Edmonton through the Make-a-Wish Foundation for a special screening of Deadpool. McGrath died three months later of cancer. That December, Reynolds dedicated his Critic’s Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year to McGrath and another child he had met through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.