Celebrities have publicly announced over $10 million in donations to aid relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in the past few days, taking to social media to publicize their good deeds and encourage others to pony up.
Sandra Bullock is one of the most recent stars to give money to aid groups in Houston, also making one of the largest individual contributions: $1 million to the Red Cross.
The actress called on people to put their political leanings aside and come together to help those in need.
“There are no politics in eight feet of water,” she said, according to People Magazine. “There are human beings in eight feet of water.”
Kevin Hart jump-started a slew of celebrity donations with his “Harvey Challenge.” The comedian posted an Instagram video two days ago pledging $25,000, in which he called upon his famous friends, including Beyoncé, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, to match his 25k donation to the Red Cross.
Many celebrities accepted Hart’s challenge, and others followed in their footsteps.
Beyoncé, a Houston native, released a statement to The Houston Chronicle on Monday regarding her aid work (the size of her donation has yet to be specified):
“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,” she 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.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson:
Wendy Williams applauded Chris Brown for his $100,000 donation. “He gave a king’s ransom,” she said.
Our hearts & prayers go out to those in Houston who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. I’ve accepted @kevinhart4real's challenge to support the people of Houston with a donation to the Red Cross. I encourage you all to please give what you can too. Link in my bio if you can donate. #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge #prayforhouston #houstonstrong
❤️ AND IM SKEPTICAL ABOUT RED CROSS SO MY DONATION WILL GO TO THE PEOPLE! pic.twitter.com/GjUVWUDpuG
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) August 29, 2017
The Kardashian-Jenner clan:
My daughters and I accept your challenge @kevinhart4real. We will be donating $500,000 to @americanredcross and @salvationarmyus today to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We have been watching the heartbreaking footage of the catastrophic flooding in Houston and our hearts go out to the people of Texas. Go to redcross.org and helpsalvationarmy.org to find out how you can help. We must all stand together in times of need! #HurricaneHarvey #RedCross #SalvationArmy #StandTogether #houstonstrong #Houston
T.I. said he’d donate 25k, but like Chris Brown expressed skepticism about the Red Cross:
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez:
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) August 27, 2017
— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) August 28, 2017
Ellen DeGeneres donated 25k each to the Red Cross and SPCA Texas, in addition to the Ellen DeGeneres show giving $25,000:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 28, 2017
The cast of “Supernatural” lunched a crowd-funding campaign and show star Jensen Ackles donated $50k.
Other celebs shared posts indicating they that contributed financially to relief efforts but didn’t specify dollar amounts.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 30, 2017
Praying for Houston what a special place. Making relief donations and sending ❤️.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 27, 2017
We are currently overseas in London and all I can think about is how devastated I am as I look at images of the damage Hurricane Harvey has caused. I am praying for the safety of all those affected. Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years. Myself and @futuretheprince 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. I also want to thank all the men and women of service and volunteers for their courageous efforts to help people in need. I encourage everyone to do what they can to assist the people of Texas knowing whatever effort you can make to help will go a long way.
Sports teams from Houston and surrounding areas showed their fans some love with generous contributions.
The Houston Rockets and Houston Astros both pledged $4 million.
Jim Crane, the ownership group and our Foundation will donate $4 million to the relief efforts aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
— #AstrosHarvey (@astros) August 29, 2017
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) August 28, 2017
Houston Heat owner Mick Arison‘s family foundation gave $2 million:
Carnival and Chairman Micky Arison's Family Foundation to Donate $2 Million to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts https://t.co/6GgG2RRKAn
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 30, 2017
Houston Texans player JJ Watt has raised almost $6 million through his crowdsourcing page, including a $1 million donation by Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk.
This is truly unbelievable.
There are no words.
Thank you for your generosity. https://t.co/vKPnHSn1M7
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 29, 2017
Some celebs showed their support other ways.
Coldplay performed a special song titled “Houston #1” at their Miami concert on Monday, dedicated to the people of Houston after their concert there was canceled last week.
A special song for Houston from last night's show.
— Coldplay (@coldplay) August 29, 2017
Former “Bachelor” star Sean Lowe borrowed a boat and went down to Houston to lend a helping hand.
Today I had the chance to do what I could to help some people in the Houston area. I couldn't believe the devastation. My heart broke for all the elderly who are immobile and the mothers trapped in their homes with young babies. But I was encouraged by the selflessness of so many Texans who came to help where they could. Definitely a day I'll never forget.
To make a personal donation to the Red Cross, visit http://redcross.org , call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.