Houston na­tive Bey­once pledges to help Har­vey re­lief

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE - LOS AN­GE­LES (AP)

NEW YORK (AFP) — Bey­once, one of the most fa­mous na­tives of Houston, has pledged gen­er­ous but un­spec­i­fied aid af­ter the fourth most pop­u­lous U.S. city was rav­aged by mega-storm Har­vey.

The pop su­per­star, in a state­ment to the Houston Chron­i­cle, said she was work­ing out de­tails with her team and her Houston pas­tor “to im­ple­ment a plan to help as many as we can.”

Bey­once — whose net worth with her hus­band, rap mogul Jay-Z, is es­ti­mated at $1 bil­lion — said that Texas was “in my prayers” in a post to her more than 100 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram.

Else­where in the mu­sic world, lead­ing rap­per Drake — a Toronto na­tive who keeps a home in Houston — said he was “work­ing with local re­lief groups to aid and as­sist the peo­ple of Texas in any way we can and in the most im­me­di­ate way pos­si­ble.”

“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,” Drake wrote on In­sta­gram.

Among more spe­cific com­mit­ments, co­me­dian Kevin Hart said he was do­nat­ing $25,000 to the Amer­i­can Red Cross for re­lief in Houston and urged other stars — a few of whom, in­clud­ing Bey­once and Jay-Z, he named — to do the same.

“I am chal­leng­ing a lot of my celebrity friends to fol­low my lead in do­nat­ing $25,000,” Hart said.

“I think that peo­ple are in bad shape and need help, and I’m go­ing to lead the charge,” he said.

Kar­dashian fam­ily do­nates $500,000

— Kim Kar­dashian West and her fa­mous sib­lings are do­nat­ing $500,000 to help Har­vey vic­tims.

A spokeswoman for the re­al­ity star says she and her mother and sisters have given $250,000 to the Red Cross and $250,000 to the Sal­va­tion Army.

Kar­dashian West an­nounced the do­na­tion on Twit­ter on Tues­day, say­ing, “Houston we are pray­ing for you.” She used the hash­tag (hash)Hous­tonStrong.

Kim Kar­dashian

Bey­once

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