In the wake of Hurricane Harvey which has devastated in Houston, Texas, celebrities are banding together to pledge thousands of dollars to aid recovery efforts by different charities on the ground.
With at least 15 lives lost in flood waters, and catastrophic damage affecting the community, Kevin Hart began the celebrity aid efforts by promising US$25,000 ($31,422), as well as reaching out to other celebrities including Beyonce and The Rock to ask them to do the same as part of the Hurricane Harvey Challenge. Since then other celebrities including the Kardashian sisters, Sandra Bullock, Ruby Rose and J-Lo have all promised funds, as well as encouraged their fans to donate to the Salvation Army and Red Cross relief efforts.
Beyonce has donation a substantial amount to relief efforts.
“I’m calling this the Hurricane Relief Challenge…Lets go @therock @beyonce @chrisrock Jay Z Dave Chappelle @jerryseinfeild @iamsteveharveytv @justintimberlake #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge #prayforhouston …..I am getting a link together now people. Help me help Houston,” Hart wrote in his post, saying in the Instagram video that he wanted to start a “real challenge” to save lives. He has since pledged US$50,000 (A$62,850) to the efforts.
I’m calling this the Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge….Lets go @therock @beyonce @chrisrock Jay Z Dave Chappelle @jerryseinfeild @iamsteveharveytv @justintimberlake #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge #prayforhouston …..I am getting a link together now people. Help me help Houston….
Responding to his call-out Beyonce has donated a substantial amount to her childhood hometown, reported to be in the millions. In a statement to the Houston Chronicle, the 35-year-old said she was working closely with her team at her philanthropic initiative Beygood, as well as with her pastor, to “implement a plan to help” as many as they can. Speaking to ET, her lifelong pastor, Rudy Rasmus revealed the impact Beyonce’s efforts were already making on the community
“She’s starting out with a significant donation, and that donation is getting us to launch out into some areas that help us more effectively impact the communities that have been the most affected,” Rasmus said. “She has, over the years, been very generous to our cause, and we continue to work together. She has been a huge benefactor to our efforts here in Houston, Texas.”
“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected.” – @Beyonce https://t.co/ZJuGUth5jr
— BeyGOOD (@BeyGood)
August 28, 2017
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A representative for Sandra Bullock confirmed to E! News that the star was donating US$1 million (A$1.25 million) to benefit the efforts of the American Red Cross. In a statement to the outlet Bullock, who owns a home in devastated Austin, Texas said, “I’m just grateful I can do it. We have to take care of one another.”
The Kardashians and Jenners have also answered Hart’s call on Twitter, with Kim, Kris and Khloe all confirming the family have pledged US$500,000 (A$628,456) to the challenge. “We have been watching the heartbreaking footage of the catastrophic flooding in Houston and our hearts go out to the people of Texas,” Kris Jenner wrote in an Instagram post.
My daughters and I accept your challenge @kevinhart4real. We will be donating $500,000 to @americanredcross and @salvationarmyus today to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We have been watching the heartbreaking footage of the catastrophic flooding in Houston and our hearts go out to the people of Texas. Go to redcross.org and helpsalvationarmy.org to find out how you can help. We must all stand together in times of need! #HurricaneHarvey #RedCross #SalvationArmy #StandTogether #houstonstrong #Houston
Houston we are praying for you! My mom, sisters & I will be donating $500,000 to @redcross and @salvationarmyus today #HoustonStrong
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian)
August 29, 2017
My sisters, mom and I accept your challenge Kev! We will be donating $500 thousand to @redcross and @salvationarmyus today #HoustonStrong https://t.co/f8iurk8dNX
— Khloé (@khloekardashian)
August 29, 2017
Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled and The Rock have all pledged US$25,000 each in donations, with the actor saying, “you gotta stay strong and you gotta hold on to faith,” in a video of support to the Houston community.
Stay strong Houston and hold onto faith. Me and my family know what you’re going thru. We survived the eye of Andrew and became stronger – so will you. All my love and strength. * Link in my bio in you can donate a buck or two to our Houston families in need.
HOUSTON TEXAS my prayers are wit you ! I just sent 25k your way to help all the families in need and help the city HOUSTON TEXAS @kevinhart4real I accepted your challenge @kevinhart4real bless up ! GOD IS THE GREATEST!!!
Claiming Houston as his hometown for the past eight years, singer Drake said on Instagram that he too would be providing resources and funds to local groups, however the amount is currently unknown.
Other celebrities have also started their own campaigns to raise funds for different organisations in the Houston community, including Lena Dunham’s partner, songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff, who would be matching donations up to US$10,000 (A$12,569) towards the Montrose LGBT Centre if fans sent receipts. Ruby Rose, who is friends with Antonoff through Taylor Swift’s old squad, agreed to match his donation, plus give an extra US$10,000 to the centre.
We are currently overseas in London and all I can think about is how devastated I am as I look at images of the damage Hurricane Harvey has caused. I am praying for the safety of all those affected. Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years. Myself and @futuretheprince are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in the most immediate way possible. I also want to thank all the men and women of service and volunteers for their courageous efforts to help people in need. I encourage everyone to do what they can to assist the people of Texas knowing whatever effort you can make to help will go a long way.
Link in bio.
https://mobile.twitter.com/redcross/status/901546157238833152 Please help by donating what you can! Link above… God bless Houston #hurricaneharvey
Texans will Get Through This.Texas 🙌🏻is special in my❤️Since 8.Will make donation 2 help Rescue & Shelter TX animals til
Reunited W❤️’d 1’s
— Cher (@cher)
August 27, 2017
Praying for Houston what a special place. Making relief donations and sending ❤️.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga)
August 27, 2017
Texas, I love you. #HoustonStrong pic.twitter.com/z1ly4bFG7l
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)
August 28, 2017