How Bethenny Frankel Is Giving Back During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Former “Real Housewives of New York” star and entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel is doing good with her BStrong Foundation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Extra's” Billy Bush caught up with Bethenny via FaceTime while she was at her home in the Hamptons with her daughter Bryn. Like many people practicing social distancing, she said, “I'm running a home school, arts and crafts station, dog kennel and relief effort in the Hamptons.”
Frankel is also making coronavirus prevention kits. “So in the kits are SOS hydration kits and Drip Drop hydration kits — those are brands. They have medical-grade zinc and vitamin C. The kits have gloves, masks, sanitizing gel, and products that basically are being price-gouged right now.”
Bethenny continued, “I was thinking about the public schools in NY… I was thinking of all the moms that have their kids in schools for shelters. We started raising money for BStrong cash cards to be distributed to parents who need money for their kids' lunches and the sanitizations that they need, and we connected with thousands of moms through mom groups, PTA moms, and Facebook mom groups. Every minute money is coming into BStrong… We are hustling.”
Explaining how she gets it done, she said, “We have an infrastructure. I've been all over the world doing relief work in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas; we just had a truck in Tennessee, a semi because of the tornado relief.” She added, “We have a massive warehouse in Miami that is filled with aid. We have connection all over the country and the world... It's a pop-up startup for relief work, but now we've distributed over $25 million in aid worldwide, so we are really prepared for this.”
Frankel said, “This is becoming a disaster, the likes [of which] we have never seen… People are panic-stricken. It's terrible. I think it's a global reset.”