Though Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been in the news for their final separation from their royal roles and an upcoming interview with Oprah, it hasn’t stopped them from continuing to do quieter acts of charity. On Sunday, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support in Dallas announced that their Archewell Foundation had donated to help repair the damage their structure had attained during recent winter storms.
“Today the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!” the organization tweeted Sunday evening. “Through their nonprofit, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing facility & helping us meet our immediate needs. THANK YOU, ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION!”
According to People, the funds will go towards replacing a damaged room and making various repairs at their transitional housing center. Last week, the organization announced that it was closing its shelter for the first time in 35 years due to the damage and posted photos on their account that showed the aftermath of burst pipes.
Shortly before announcing the donation, Genesis said they were able to reopen the doors of its shelter, though they added that it might be months before their transitional housing units are habitable. In a statement, the organization’s CEO, Jan Langbein, thanked Meghan and Harry for their contribution. “Not only will this gift provide for our critical needs,” she wrote, “it shines an international spotlight on violence against women and children, letting survivors know that they are not alone.”
Meghan has long supported causes related to domestic and gender-based violence. During a 2019 trip to South Africa, she spoke passionately about being inspired by survivors and visited the site of a recent murder to pay her respects. While living in the U.K., she was an enthusiastic supporter of Luminary Bakery, a London-based social enterprise that provides job training and community support to women experiencing hardship. She featured the bakery in an issue of British Vogue, celebrated her own birthday with one of their carrot cakes, and eventually visited to take part in a day of baking.
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