Sandra Bullock donates $1 million to Harvey Red Cross relief

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More than 17,000 people have sought refuge in Texas shelters, according to the American Red Cross. Houston said it would set up at least two more mega-shelters. (Aug. 29) AP

Sandra Bullock is giving in a big way toward relief for Hurricane Harvey victims.

The actress, 53, donated $1 million to the American Red Cross for its efforts in devastated regions of Texas, according to People magazine.

“I’m just grateful I can do it,” Bullock said. “We all have to do our part.”

Bullock, who has a home in Texas and who is a longtime supporter of the Red Cross, told the magazine that it was crucial to look above the heated political rhetoric around the devastating storm and urged fellow Americans to give.

“There are no politics in eight feet of water,” Bullock said. “There are human beings in eight feet of water.”

Elizabeth Penniman, vice president of communications at the Red Cross’ national headquarters, called it “an incredible gift.”

“Especially during times of disaster, people see what’s happening in Texas and our hearts all go out to them,” Penniman told People. “Having someone like Sandra Bullock make this kind of commitment, it helps bring people together and open their hearts and be even more generous.”

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Two additional shelters are now open for people displaced by Tropical Storm Harvey. The Toyota Center and NRG Park are now opened to house displaced residents. (Aug. 30) AP

The gift is a step up even from generous celebrity donations. Jumanji co-stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson have led a star-stuffed challenge to give to the Red Cross. (Hart is at $50K.) Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez each donated $25,000.