Celebrities begin fundraising challenges to help Texas flood victims

Celebrities begin fundraising challenges to help Texas flood victims
Celebrities from Hollywood to the NFL are rallying around Houston victims, and raising funds to get Hurricane Harvey victims they help they need. (Getty Images)

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.

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.”

Robert McNair, owner of the Houston Texans, also announced that he and the Texans are pledging $1 million to relief efforts.

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.

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.

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.

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(H/T: Fox News)