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Ciara, Russell Wilson: It's a 'blessing' to be able to donate millions of meals

April 9 (UPI) -- Celebrity couple Ciara and Russell Wilson say it's a "blessing" to be able to give back amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 34-year-old singer and 31-year-old NFL football star discussed their pledge to give 10 million more meals via the "Meals Up" initiative while appearing remotely on Thursday's episode of Good Morning America.

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Ciara and Wilson, a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, initially announced in March that they were donating 1 million meals to Food Lifeline in Seattle, Wash., through Feeding America.

The couple said at the end of March that they will give 10 million more meals via "Meals Up" with Wheels Up to Feeding America.

"Obviously, the world is going through so much right now and America is going through so much," Wilson said on GMA.

"I think, for us, to just try to find a way to make a little bit of a difference has been important to us and heavy on our hearts," he added. "We've been really hoping and praying for America, for all of us to come together."

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Ciara said she and Wilson feel grateful that they're able to give back.

"It was a blessing that we were able to," she said. "I think that's one of the things that we think about in this time -- while it's tough for all of us, obviously we're all in the same boat, it's a blessing to know that we're able to give in a time like this."

George Clooney and Amal Clooney, Tyler Perry, and the Sex and the City cast, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall, are also giving back amid the pandemic. Entertainment Tonight said Thursday that the Clooneys have given to six different groups, including the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, for a total of $1 million.

Pink has also given $1 million to COVID-19 relief funds. The singer is recovering after contracting coronavirus in March and shared her "weird" and "terrifying" experience with the illness Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Ciara arrives at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, on December 8, 2004. Her album, "Goodies," topped the Billboard charts after its release. Photo by Roger Williams/UPI | License Photo

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