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The devastation caused by this weekend’s Hurricane Harvey continues to rage on in Houston, with even more rain expected to fall in the coming days. With more than 30,000 residents now displayed in the large Texas city, acts of bravery and selflessness by first responders and volunteers both locally and around the world continue to inspire.
With donations of money and goods desperately needed to help the people and animals of Houston and the surrounding area, many are opening the wallets, pantries and hearts, including a number of celebrities. Here are just a few lending their voices and their resources to the people of Houston.
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A Houston native, Beyoncé knows firsthand how devastating Hurricane Harvey has been on the people of her hometown. The singer released a statement this week, saying, “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.” In the statement posted to the Chronicle, Beyoncé says, “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.”
After being forced to cancel their recent show in Houston as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Coldplay took the stage in Miami on Monday night and dedicated their performance to their fans in Texas. To show their love for the Lone Star state, Coldplay debuted a new song written just this week called “Houston.” Promising to return to Texas as soon as they can, front man Chris Martin sang, “I’m dreamin’ of when I get back to Houston/ I’m dreamin’ of that fair and special place/ I’m dreamin’ of when Houston has no problems/ In that city where they send you into space/ I’m dreamin’ of when I get back to Texas/ Corpus Christie, Harris County, Galveston… Houston you got to keep on keepin’ on.”
He may be the 6ix God, but Drake has never shied away from gushing about his love for Houston. The rapper is currently overseas in London, but has still been actively involved in raising money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Posting to his almost 38 million Instagram followers, Drake is pledging his help and asking the same of others, writing, “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.”
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.
After donating $25,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief, comedian Kevin Hart called on his fellow high-earning celebrity friends to open their wallets as well. The actor posted a video on his Instagram page earlier this week and named a list of celebs, including Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, asking them to donate and encouraging his followers to also donate and tag their friends. Hart later made good on his word to create a link for people to donate, which will allow him to track the money and ensure the funds are being used responsibly. Many celebs have already answered Hart’s call, including Dwayne Johnson and DJ Khaled, who both donated $25,000.
Also accepting Kevin Hart’s challenge was the Kardashian family, who together donated $500,000 to disaster relief for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) August 29, 2017
Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff has been tweeting to his fans in hopes of raising money for the Montrose LGBT Centre in Houston. Pledging to match $10,000 in donations, Antonoff has been encouraging his fans to donate what they can to the organization, which will help families who have been affected by the hurricane rebuild their lives. Antonoff is asking fans to send him their receipts in hopes of reaching his $10,000 goal.
i’m going to match donations up to 10k to the montrose LGBT center in houston for harvey relief PLEASE donate! https://t.co/HGFvHtVfEn
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) August 29, 2017
JENNIFER LOPEZ AND ALEX RODRIGUEZ
Both Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez donated $25,000 to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, with Lopez posting a video of the couple on her Instagram page and asking others to donate as well.
As a native of Louisiana, Ellen DeGeneres has seen firsthand the devastation of mother nature, namely when Hurricane Katrina hit her beloved city in 2005. Along with her show, DeGeneres has donated $75,000 to various charities involved in relief efforts, including the SPCA.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 28, 2017