Carrie Underwood appeared on "The Drew Barrymore" show to surprise a 7-year-old fan with a $5,000 donation. The fan had sold bracelets to raise $200 for her local children's hospital.
Carrie Underwood jumped onto Hayley Orlinski's video call to make a $5,000 pledge towards her local children's hospital, and the 7-year-old covered her face in excitement. Orlinski had already raised $200 by selling bracelets.
To the young fundraiser's surprise, Drew Barrymore further pledged another $5,000, and Orlinski's mother raved to the stars, noting how much the donation would boost the hospital.
Before the pledges, Orlinski told Barrymore that she was driven to action when she heard doctors lacked the necessary protective gear as they battled Covid 19 in their local hospital.
The young fan had set out to only raise $200. Orlinski's mum initially thought her daughter's bracelet making past time would occupy the 7-year-old's interest for a couple of hours. The cause, however, took on a life of its own.
The initiative received major support, and the tiny Orlinski has so far raised a whopping $27,000 and growing. Impressed, Underwood wished she could see Orlinski face-to-face and commended her actions, saying:
"You took your love of making bracelets and you used it to make the world a better place, so yay, Hayley!"
The busy country singer has had to reorganize her life during the pandemic. Unable to perform live for her fans, the star has switched gears and has been making a series of from-home appearances to promote her music.
In September 2020, the superstar released her first full-length Christmas album, "My Gift." Underwood also shared plans to release her first gospel album, "My Saviour." The date of the release has not yet been confirmed.
Celebrities have provided millions of dollars to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ever touring to promote her music, Underwood, in an interview for Apple Music, talked about adjusting to a new, slower life in self-quarantine. The pandemic had thrown her major plans for 2020 in disarray.
For the first time, however, the star said she got back to her roots while living on her farm gardening and spending more time with her husband of 10 years, Mike Fisher, and sons Isaiah, 5, and Jacob, 22, months.
"I got to be outside so much and I got to work in the garden and just be a mom and be a wife and be at home."
Underwood has also added author to her list of accomplishments. On the show, Barrymore spoke highly of the country music star's book, "Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life."
The star, a fitness enthusiast, is known for her svelte physique. In the book, she details how she remains committed to remaining healthy and active for 52 weeks of the year and encourages others to do so.
Underwood now joins a growing list of stars who are using their bankable star power to help assist overwhelmed frontline workers and marginalized communities hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
From A-list actors to singers, celebrities have partnered with various initiatives and companies to provide millions of dollars in financial assistance and the purchasing or donating PPE's and masks to healthcare workers.