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The hurricane in Texas has caused a lot of damage due to flooding. People are getting trapped in their homes, swept away in water, and some, about 20 so far (hopefully no more) have lost their lives. They’re in need of assistance, supplies, anything that can lend a hand or feed people in shelters, and a big portion of the donations are coming from celebrities.
It really started with Kevin Hart. The comedian took a serious tone when he posted a message on Instagram challenging his fellow celebrities to donate and help. The Kardashians responded directly to that challenge and have contributed about $500,000 to the victims, to help feed, rescue, and rebuild. Kevin even set up a “CrowdRise” page that raised over three-quarters of a million dollars on its first day. Impressive!
Sandra Bullock just made a donation of $1M to help the Red Cross with what they need to keep rescue operations working on-pace and in stock with what they need to help people.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have contributed, Nicki Minaj, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Brown, and T.I. have all contributed with donations to help the victims as well.
Miranda Lambert, Hilary Duff, Eva Longoria, and countless other celebs have sent their love out on social media, and have asked others to contribute what they can. Beyonce is working with her team, as well as her pastor, to help anyone who needs it. They’re coming up with a plan to help as many as possible.
Perhaps the largest single donation came from Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, has contributed $10M to help. The Dallas Cowboys helped by participating in a telethon to raise money. Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt more than doubled what he planned to raise for the victims of the hurricane.
Sean Lowe, star of “The Bachelor” even got into a small boat, and headed into the flood waters to help anyone he could find. “It was eye-opening for me. When I think about Houston, I usually visualize the downtown portion of Houston, but what I didn’t realize was the whole Houston metro area is being devastated, and it is just miles and miles and miles of land under water,” he says. He helped teams rescue 12 people.
Of course Katy Perry used her VMAs hosting opportunity to honor those affected by the storm and floods, also using her status as the most-followed person on Twitter to retweet a donation link from the Red Cross.
Coldplay had to cancel their show in Houston on Friday night because of the storm, and they even dedicated a new song as tribute to Houston, called “Houston,” and said they would only play it once, so it would forever live on as Houston’s song.
We’re sure the list will continue to grow with more celebrities making contributions, but every little bit will help. Check here to find out how you can contribute to those in need, the rescue workers, and helping Houston rebuild and repair.