CHICAGO (CBS) — Media giant Oprah Winfrey is donating $12 million dollars to organizations helping underserved communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her charity is giving the money to groups in five cities she has called home, including of course Chicago, which will get five million dollars.READ MORE: Man Shot On Eisenhower Expressway Suffers Non-Life Threatening Injuries
Winfrey tells CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot why she’s giving back. When asked why she choose to give back in a tremendous way, Oprah said it comes from a philosophy she has carried with her.
“Ah Suzanne! Such a good question. I think the thing that comes to my heart is growing up with the philosophy instilled that to whom that much is given, much is expected.”
The donation will support “Live Healthy Chicago.” It gives thousands of Latinx and African American families care packages, wellness visits and contact tracing.READ MORE: Kayden Swann, 21-Month-Old Shot In Road Rage Incident, Out Of Medically Induced Coma
Winfrey’s charity is also donating to groups in other places she’s lived like Nashville, Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Kosciusko, Mississippi.
Winfrey said she misses Michigan Avenue, but not Chicago’s weather.
“What I miss most is, for so long, Suzanne, what I did every morning was I left the Water Tower building, I was picked up in the basement. I was driven to the basement of Harpo Studios. So I never really experienced the weather.”MORE NEWS: Man With 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo When He Was Fatally Shot By Police Facing Felony Gun Charges
Her COVID-19 relief fund is also donating to the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church and the MAAFA Redemption Project in Chicago.