Ryan Reynolds donates $5,000 to victim of Nova Scotia rampage's family
Ryan Reynolds is pictured in this file photo attending the premiere of Netflix's "6 Underground" at The Shed at Hudson Yards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
An online fundraiser set up in memory of a victim of the recent mass murder in Nova Scotia has garnered a notable top donor - Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds.
The Vancouver-raised “Deadpool” star gave $5,000 to a GoFundMe to support 33-year-old Kristen Beaton's husband, Nick, and the couple's nearly two-year-old son, Daxton.
The crowdfunding campaign in honour of the continuing care assistant, who was one of 22 people killed in a shooting rampage this month, has raised more than $100,000 for her family.
Nick Beaton is campaigning to carry on his wife's wish that her health-care colleagues receive proper equipment to protect themselves from COVID-19.
He received a call from Reynolds and hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser after the famous Canadians were moved by his plea, and wanted to find a way to pay tribute.
The two collaborated with grassroots organization Conquer COVID-19 to ship 10,000 masks, 200 face shields and 20 tablets to Nova Scotia earlier this week.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 29, 2020.