Celebrities, from Hollywood to the NFL, are rallying help and speaking out for Texans affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, raising cash and offering helping hands to assist in relief efforts.
Comedian Kevin Hart took to Instagram to express his concern about the situation in Texas and challenge his fellow celebrities to donate money to institutions like the Red Cross. Using the hashtag #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge, Hart said he was donating $25,000 and specifically called on Beyonce, Jerry Seinfeld, Justin Timberlake, and others to donate as well. Hart also encouraged the celebrities he tagged to tag others and pass the challenge along.
I'm calling this the Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge....Lets go @therock @beyonce @chrisrock Jay Z Dave Chappelle @jerryseinfeild @iamsteveharveytv @justintimberlake #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge #prayforhouston .....I am getting a link together now people. Help me help Houston....
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NFL star J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans began a fundraising page for Texas relief efforts from YouCaring.com on Sunday. Watt put the goal at $1 million and as of this writing already has more than $625,000 from 7,000 donors.
"Houston's a great city. We're going to come out of this stronger than ever," Watt said in a video on Twitter. "But we're going to need a lot of money to help these people rebuild."
Recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey will be massive.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 27, 2017
Robert McNair, owner of the Houston Texans, also announced that he and the Texans are pledging $1 million to relief efforts.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) August 28, 2017
On Sunday, country music star Chris Young also started a fundraising page on GoFundMe.com with a goal of $500,000. Young himself donated $100,000 for the Red Cross. As of this writing, Young has raised in excess of $160,000.
"In times like these, you turn to your friends to help those in need, and that's exactly what I'm doing," Young said in a Twitter video.
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) August 27, 2017
According to pop-star Drake's Instagram, the artist is working with local relief groups to aid Houstonians while he is currently overseas. Drake also sent out a "thanks to all the men and women of service and volunteers for their courageous efforts to help people in need" and encouraged his fans to help if possible.
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.
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Fixer Upper hostess Joanna Gaines, as well as Houston born celebrities Beyonce, Hillary Duff, and Miranda Lambert were also among those who took to social media to voice their support for afflicted Texans. Pop-star Lady Gaga and former Disney star Demi Lovato also voiced their concerns on social media.
— Joanna Gaines (@joannagaines) August 26, 2017
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) August 28, 2017
— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) August 28, 2017
Praying for Houston what a special place. Making relief donations and sending ❤️.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 27, 2017
(H/T: Fox News)