LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — CBS Television Stations’ Los Angeles properties CBS2, KCAL9 and CBSN Los Angeles partnered with iHeart Radio stations in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Unified School District to raise more than $1.6 million for LAUSD students and families struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“They have families, their families can’t work,” television star Sharon Osbourne said. “They need to continue with their schooling.”
According to LAUSD, 80% of all students live in poverty — and that was before the coronavirus pandemic.
“The children are coming, the adults need help,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “We ask no questions.”
All money raised will go to L.A. Students Most in Need, a nonprofit created by Beutner to provide meals and urgently needed supplies for students and family members.
“We don’t need to know the amount, we just thank you for your support,” actor Matthew McConaughey said in his message of support.
The April 2 fundraiser kicked off during the CBS 2 News at 6 a.m. and continued throughout all CBS2, KCAL9 and CBSN Los Angeles newscasts until 11 p.m. with special appearances by numerous stars from CBS primetime, daytime and syndicated series, and celebrities from the worlds of sports and entertainment.
Donations may be made by visiting CBSLA.com/give or texting NEED to 76278. Checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the LA Students Most in Need Fund, should be mailed to: California Community Foundation, 221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012.