Celebrities like The Rock, Kevin Hart, J.Lo, and Sandra Bullock are donating thousands of dollars and even one million dollars to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. USA TODAY
Editor’s note: This piece will continuously be updated with donations as they are announced.
As the people of Southeast Texas continue to feel the wrath of Harvey, now a tropical storm, celebrities are generously pledging tens of thousands to aid in relief efforts.
Sandra Bullock stepped up in a big way, donating $1 million to the Red Cross on Tuesday, explaining, “We all have to do our part.”
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, which will go toward short and long term relief and recovery efforts. United Way Worldwide said Wednesday that the national fund will distribute 100 percent of donations to recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Real Housewives of New York cast member Bethenny Frankel helped fundraise $50,000 in one day for the Corpus Christi and Houston locations of Dress for Success, according to a press release from the charity submitted Wednesday. This sum includes a donation from the businesswoman according to the release.
Oprah Winfrey announced via Twitter Wednesday she would be giving money to the Red Cross, as well, and The Salvation Army.
The day prior, Jamie Foxx, who hails from the Lone Star State, said he contributed $25,000. “From a fellow Texan, my heart goes out, my prayers go out,” the Baby Driver actor said in a video shared to Instagram.
Ellen DeGeneres detailed her sizeable contribution in a video shared on her show’s YouTube channel. The talk show host said she is dedicating $25,000 to the Red Cross and another $25,000 to the SPCA of Texas. Her program, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is making an additional $25,000 donation to the Red Cross, she said.
Jack Antonoff tweeted that he would match contributions up to $10,000 for an LGBT center in Houston, which promoted a similar pledge from Ruby Rose.
Initially, the comic called upon Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Harvey and Justin Timberlake. In a follow-up Instagram video where he upped his pledge to $50,000 from $25,000, Hart added more famous names to the list like T.I., Chris Brown and Drake.
Hart’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle co-star, Johnson, said he accepted the challenge and had donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross, adding a message for Houstonians. “You gotta stay strong and you gotta hold on to faith,” he said.
Rappers Brown and T.I. also answered the call.
The Rubber Band Man said he had $25,000 to give to the cause. “@kevinhart4real salute for responding with a challenge that WE ALL NEED TO ANSWER,” T.I. exclaimed in the NSFW video’s caption.
Beyoncé, a Houston-native, issued a statement to the Houston Chronicle conveying her thoughts and plan of action to help those in need.
“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” the singer said.
“I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”
Drake, in an Instagram post, shared that he and DJ Future the Prince are “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.”
In a joint video, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez said they would each donate $25,000.
“Seeing these pictures of children and all the footage it’s just devastating,” Lopez said, “and we just want to do our part to help.”
The Kardashian/Jenners are also Keeping Up with Hart’s challenge. Khloé Kardashian shared Tuesday on Twitter that she, her sisters, and her mom, Kris Jenner, would contribute $500,000 to the Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
Addressing Hart, DJ Khaled said in a video shared on Twitter Monday that his family donated $25,000 and encouraged others to give what they are able. “Even if you send a dollar, $10, $20, it (doesn’t) matter.”
That same day Nicki Minaj shared Hart’s second video with Instagram followers and said she would also donate $25,000. “Praying for everyone there,” she captioned the video. “Great work @kevinhart4real.”
Country band Lady Antebellum tweeted the same day that proceeds from merchandise sales of their Dallas show would be given to relief efforts.
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Contributing: The Associated Press