BTS: ARMY Show Their Generosity and Donate Thousands of Dollars After James Corden’s ‘Homefest’
On March 30, 2020, BTS appeared on a primetime special episode of The Late Late Show Starring James Corden called “Homefest.” The group performed their 2019 hit “Boy With Luv,” and during the special Corden encouraged viewers to donate to two different charities, Feed the Children and The CDC Foundation. Following “Homefest,” BTS ARMY donated to the two organizations, raising thousands of dollars.
James Corden asked viewers of ‘Homefest’ to donate
The special featured musical artists and celebrities from their own homes and encouraged viewers to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Will Ferrell performed a skit about the importance of washing one’s hands, and David Blaine performed magic with Corden via FaceTime.
Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, and John Legend performed in Los Angeles, Dua Lipa performed in London, Andrea Bocelli performed from Italy, and BTS performed from South Korea. Ben Platt and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen ended the special with a performance of “You Will Be Found.”
Throughout the special, Corden encouraged viewers who were able to donate to Feed the Children and The CDC Foundation. Before “Homefest,” executive producers of The Late Late Show Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe released a joint statement about the special.
“Since ‘The Late Late Show’ came off the air, we have been thinking of different ways to try and make a show at this time,” said the executive producers. “We are going to try to put on the best show we can, to entertain, raise awareness, raise money and hopefully lift spirits.”
BTS ARMY donated to the charities after ‘Homefest’
Following “Homefest,” ARMY donated to Feed the Children and The CDC Foundation in BTS’s honor. As of April 4, 2020, 771 people have donated to The CDC Foundation as part of the BTS ARMY team.
Lysol is currently matching every dollar donated, so the 771 donations have raised $41,016 for The CDC Foundation. In total, the foundation’s campaign to combat the coronavirus has raised $18,589,362.
On April 1, 2020, Winston shared a special message for ARMY and thanked them for their generosity. The executive producer of The Late Late Show also said Feed the Children contacted him to let him know about BTS fans’ donations.
“BTS fans are so generous. We got an email today from @feedthechildren saying how generous they had been after #HomeFest thank you to the BTS army. #BTSHomeFest,” he tweeted.
The official Feed the Children Twitter account replied, “We appreciate everything the BTS community has done. #BTSHomeFest.”
This is not the first time BTS ARMY helped others
BTS fans are well known for their social media presence, but ARMY have shown time and time again they use their strength as a fandom to help others around the world. After BTS appeared on The Late Late Show on Jan. 28, 2020, ARMY donated to two different charities to honor Corden and Ashton Kutcher, who also appeared on the show that night.
To honor Corden, BTS fans donated to Magic Breakfast, a charity based in London that provides breakfast to disadvantaged children in the U.K. On Twitter, Magic Breakfast confirmed that fans’ donations ended up being enough to provide 36,271 breakfasts. In addition to Magic Breakfast, BTS ARMY donated to Thorn, an anti-human trafficking organization that Kutcher co-founded.
Suga of BTS donated 100 million won (around $83,000) to help with coronavirus relief efforts in his hometown, Daegu. Fans were inspired by his efforts, and proceeded to donate $333,000 to the Korea Disaster Relief Association. Some of those fan donations came from ticket refunds after Big Hit Entertainment canceled BTS’s concerts for their Map of the Soul Tour in Seoul.