Singer Janet Jackson visits survivors of Hurricane Harvey at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner and Kristen Bell are among the celebrities raising awareness about the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Beyoncé, Garner, Kevin Hart and Janet Jackson, who just launched her concert tour, showed up in the Houston area Friday, and spent time with victims of Harvey,
Frozen and TV’s The Good Place actress Bell has been in Orlando, Fla., during the preparations for Irma. She was filming a movie there and could not get a flight out as the storm approached. As she and her entourage hunkered down, a couple of her peers acknowledged her help in getting family members to safety.
Josh Gad posted Saturday that when his parents and other family members were stranded in Florida, “she got them a hotel room at her hotel in Orlando and saved them, my brothers, my sister-in-law and niece and nephew.”
Bell’s aid did not stop there. Dexter actress Jennifer Carpenter reached out to her friend when Carpenter realized that her grandmother and aunt could not get away from coastal Tampa. Bell found a way to get the two women to her location and offer them a room.
Beyoncé posted Saturday on Instagram about her experiences. She thanked everyone who donated to her camp’s fundraising efftort, “BeyGOOD and contributed to helping so many families in Houston,” and acknowledged that “There is still work to do so please continue to donate and do all you can to restore our city.”
Beyoncé also shared an image of herself and her mother, Tina, helping to package and distribute meals to survivors.
Garner, a trustee and ambassador for the Save the Children organization visited a few venues in Houston on Friday to survey the damage from Harvey. She was so moved by the spirit of people coming together to lift each other’s spirits that she posted a touching message on Instagram about it. She wrote: “Today I was inspired by the huge hearts in Texas. There is a generosity of spirit that gets lost in political rhetoric, but — people come together in a time of crisis.”
Hart, accompanied by NBA star Chris Paul, also posted via Instagram a video of himself on site where water and other supplies were being distributed to survivors of Harvey. He wanted to show donors that money was being put into action.
And celebrities haven’t forgotten the animals who have been affected by the disasters, either. Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation moved quickly to help transport dogs and cats from rescue centers in the Houston area to make room for more victims from the storm.
Designated Survivor cast member Maggie Q was on the ground early in Austin to check on animals in shelters and made a plea for organizations working there to reunite pets with owners.
Some of the visits came after news that many Hollywood stars would be participating in Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, a telethon to assist those affected by the devastating storms. Hand in Hand will air Tuesday at 8 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox and NBC.
On Tuesday, organizers of an upcoming benefit to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey announced that singer Beyonce and actor George Clooney will headline a telethon which will air live on September 12th. USA TODAY