Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, and Kim Kardashian are among the celebrities who donated to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Category 4 storm tore through Texas, causing catastrophic flooding and damage to Houston and surrounding areas last weekend.
Hart got the ball rolling when he posted a video on Instagram introducing the Hurricane HarveyRelief Challenge. He announced he was donating $25,000 to recovery efforts, in addition to creating a campaign on CrowdRise, and challenged some of his famous friends — Johnson, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Jay Z, Dave Chappelle, and Justin Timberlake — to follow his lead. “Help me help Houston,” he captioned the post.
Others celebrities have followed including Sandra Bullock, who owns a house in Austin. She donated $1 million to the relief efforts. Local Houston native Beyonce also pledged to help. She told the Houston Chronicle in a statement, “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.”“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.” Another Texan, Jamie Foxx, is donating $25,000 to the non-profit group GlobalGiving. “Just wanted to let everyone in Texas know, we got you,” Foxx said in an Instagram post.
On Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez posted a video on Instagram announcing that they have each donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help with the disaster relief. Even reality star Kim Kardashian is pitching in. She announced on Twitter that her family will be donating $500,000 to the Red Cross and Salvation Army, and encouraged others to join her efforts.
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, and T.I. also answered Hart’s plea, with Brown pledging $100,000, and Khaled, Minaj, and T.I. each donating $25,000. “We ALL need to WORK on coming together [and] utilizing our resources collectively to do some meaningful s— to people who need US more than ever!” T.I. wrote on Instagram.
Sean “Diddy” Combs commended Hart’s initiatives in a Twitter video and donated as well. “Let’s just do something now. Let’s not talk about what we can do, let’s get the relief process going,” he said