How Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Are Helping Homeless Kids Get an Education During COVID-19 Pandemic

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos recognize how fortunate they've been to quarantine at their Long Island, N.Y. home with kids Michael, Lola and Joaquin amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"We realize how lucky we are — for all of us to be together like this is probably never going to happen again," Consuelos, 49, tells PEOPLE in the cover story for this week's Family Issue. “This time has been so horrible for so many people."

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While sheltering in place, the couple thought about a charity they’ve long worked with: WIN,  which provides services and safe housing to homeless women and their children in New York City.

She also encourages others to donate if they possess the means to do so.

"We hope other people who have luckier circumstances like we do will help people living below the poverty line,” says Ripa, whose oldest son Michael, 23, graduated virtually from New York University in May. “It makes a difference forever.”

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