Joan River’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, supports her mom’s beloved charity. Read on for more details.
When actress, comedian, and television host Joan Rivers died on September 4, 2014, she did not only left a legacy of groundbreaking comedy behind, but also a generous philanthropy.
Rivers supported “God’s Love We Deliver” for over 25 years. It is a New York-based charity that was created to provide meals to people who are battling HIV/AIDS. The said charity now helps people with various types of illnesses. It will be recalled that Rivers organized a team that she named “Can We Walk” for the annual “God’s Love Race to Deliver,” which is a four-mile run in Central Park.
Now, her 47-year-old daughter, Melissa, is taking up her beloved cause. Since she cannot attend the organization’s event on November 22, Melissa created a virtual team for it. She is also encouraging fans to celebrate her mother’s life by donating on Crowdrise.com.
Melissa told People Magazine that the non-profit organization has become a New York institution and that it was something that means a lot to their family. “My mom was such a diehard New Yorker,” she added. She also recalled that time when she helped her mom deliver food with the organization every Thanksgiving.
“It was just a really big part of our whole family tradition, to be a part of this,” she explained.
2015 marks the first time Melissa will be hosting Thanksgiving at her own home since her 14-year-old son, Cooper, was born. Their family used to gather for a huge party in her mom’s New York apartment. Melissa has invited lots of friends and family members even though she will not be the one to cook the turkey.
Melissa recalled the time when she and her son, Cooper, coped with the loss of her mom day by day.
“Grief is a process, and we’re still in the thick of it. It’s only been a little over a year. But we’re doing okay,” she said.
Photo source: Instagram/Joan Rivers