Last week, instead of our traditional April Fools’ Day joke, we donated $1 million to Health Research Inc. to benefit the state of New York’s COVID-19 relief fund, based on guidance from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. As the governor has said, right now, New York is the canary in the coal mine for our entire country. Whom we can help, and what we can learn from New York, will benefit us all.

We invited you, our Foolish community, to join us in supporting the fight to stop COVID-19 in New York or in your own community. And you responded just like we knew you would.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and was a part of this -- to the donors across The Motley Fool community from 43 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and even a member from Austria contributing to the effort. 

This fight isn't over. We encourage everyone who can to continue to find ways to help others, whether it's donating to New York and the relief fund there, or getting active in your community, hometown, or state. Wherever there is a need, there's an opportunity for us as Fools to help bend the curve of this virus. 

Together, we're fulfilling The Motley Fool's purpose to make the world smarter, happier, and richer.

Thank you for everything you're doing, dear Fool, including staying inside, being safe with your family, and contributing as you can to all of the great organizations and individuals that are doing their part. And thank you to all the healthcare workers and those on the front lines battling to end this global pandemic. 

Stay safe, stay healthy, and Fool on.

Tom, David, and all of us at The Motley Fool 

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