Celebrities from every corner of entertainment are using their fame for good following destructive storms and flooding from tropical storm Harvey.
1. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt leads a list of famous entertainers and athletes pledging funds to aid in recovery efforts around Texas. Watt created a crowdfunding page on YouCaring asking his followers to donate any money they could to reach his goal of $200,000. Two hours later, the goal was surpassed and raised to $500,000. After a flood of donations temporarily knocked out the campaign’s page, Watt raised the goal to $1 million. He later tweeted that Chris Paul, who recently joined the Houston Rockets, donated $50,000. The campaign has since become a multi-million dollar effort, raising more than $10 million.
2. In addition to Watt, “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles’s upcoming brewery Family Business Beer Co. organized an online fundraiser hoping to raise $100,000.
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3. Houston native Beyonce released a statement to the Houston Chronicle stating she and her BeyGOOD organization to help “as many as we can.”
4. Superstar rapper Drake wrote on his Instagram that he and his manager Future the Prince are “working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas.”
5. Country singer Chris Young launched his own fundraising campaign on GoFundMe, sharing in a video message that he has friends and family as well as a home in the Houston area. The fundraising goal is currently set at $500,000,with more than $150,000 raised so far.
6. Comedian Kevin Hart posted a video on his Instagram, urging fellow stars The Rock, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Harvey and Justin Timberlake to donate money to relief groups. Hart called this plea the “#HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge” and said he is donating $25,000 to the Red Cross. Hart also has set up a crowdfunding campaign for the American Red Cross which has raised more than $1 million in 2 days.
7. Rapper T.I. donated $25,000 after seeing Hart’s challenge.
8. Kim Kardashian-West tweeted Tuesday that she and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner as well as her mother Kris Jenner would make a group donation of $500,000 to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. The family has also encouraged their fans to donate directly to the organizations.
9. Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to the American Red Cross according to People Magazine.
10. Jennifer Lopez posted a video on Instagram alongside her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez and each pledged to donate $25,000 to the recovery in Houston. Lopez also included a link to the American Red Cross’ tweet encouraging donations.
11. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also answered Hart’s challenge and donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross. In his video post on Instagram, he said he sympathized with Houston because his family survived Hurricane Andrew. He also asked fans to donate to the charity.
12. Houston rappers Paul Wall and Lil Keke are also seeking contributions of supplies and funds.
13. Houston Astros player Lance McCullers and the foundation in his name are working together to solicit donations to assist animal shelters.
14. Ron White announced he’ll lead a stand-up comedy show in Austin to benefit Harvey victims. All proceeds, including ticket, concessions and merchandise sales will go to the American Red Cross.
15. HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ Joanna Gaines posted on her Instagram account that her Magnolia Market shop would be selling shirts emblazoned with “Texas Forever.” All of the proceeds until Sept. 30 would be donated.
16. Following Hart’s challenge, DJ Khaled donated $25,000 to relief efforts. In a video posted on his Twitter account, the DJ said, “God bless you, God is great, you’re going to be okay.”
17. Singer Chris Brown posted a video on his Twitter account in which he pledged $100,000 to recovery. He also wrote “I’m skeptical about Red Cross so my donation will go to the people!”
18. TV host and comedian Ellen Degeneres has already donated $50,000 of her own money, half to the American Red Cross and the other half to the SPCA of Texas. In addition, her television show donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross. On Wednesday, she presented Texans defensive end Watt with an additional $1 million to his fundraising campaign courtesy of Walmart.
19. Singer Miley Cyrus also appeared on “The Ellen Show” and said she is donating $500,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief. Her Happy Hippie Foundation is also taking donations which will be directed to the American Red Cross, Best Friends, the Greater Houston Community Fund and more organizations in need.
20. Texas country musician Josh Abbott helped serve barbecue in Rockport after Harvey made landfall, and proceeds from the sale of a shirt featuring the “My Texas” over the shape of Texas will be donated to diaster relief organizations.
21. Fellow Texas country singer Miranda Lambert, a longtime animal activist, assisted her nonprofit Mutt Nation with rescuing dogs and providing animals with supplies and food.
22. East Texas native and country star Kacey Musgraves took action by volunteering to work the phones during a telethon for the American Red Cross in Nashville. She later tweeted that the proceeds of a shirt featuring the state of Texas and her name in rope would go toward victims.
23. Hip hop entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs answered Hart’s challenge of $25,000 to the American Red Cross and tweeted a video asking his followers to donate anything they can to Hart’s fundraiser.
24. Actress Ruby Rose joined Bleachers musician Jack Antonoff in matching $10,000 donations to The Montrose Center, which assists the LGBTQ community. Rose received some backlash for the donation and posted a comment on Instagram defending the center.
Central Texans who want to help can volunteer with both local and national organizations in town.