Stars dig deep for hur­ri­cane vic­tims

Mil­lions of dol­lars have been do­nated to the relief fund to help those af­fected by the dis­as­ter

Now (UK) - - Contents - Words by Jen Crothers

Hur­ri­cane Har­vey tore through Texas on 25 Au­gust, de­stroy­ing thou­sands of homes and lives in its wake. The dev­as­ta­tion and de­struc­tion caused by the trop­i­cal storm and sub­se­quent flood­ing left thou­sands of peo­ple home­less, with more than 30 peo­ple los­ing their lives to the storm. So moved by the dis­as­ter were a num­ber of US celebri­ties that they stepped up to the plate to help out. Ac­tor Kevin Hart kick-started the celebrity do­na­tions, en­cour­ag­ing his mates to match the $25,000 he pledged for the cause. ‘We’ve par­tic­i­pated in a lot of chal­lenges on the in­ter­net, some mean­ing­ful, some mean­ing­less, but we’ve all done them,’ Kevin’s ral­ly­ing cry went. ‘I’m go­ing to start a REAL chal­lenge. I’m chal­leng­ing a lot of my celebrity friends to fol­low my lead and do­nate $25,000 to Hur­ri­cane Har­vey to the Red Cross.’

Nicki Mi­naj, DJ Khaled, The Rock, Jen­nifer Lopez and her boyfriend Alex Ro­driguez all an­swered his call and do­nated $25,000 each to the fund – with Kevin dou­bling his do­na­tion to $50,000. After just one day, the fund had raised over $1,000,000.

The Kar­dashi­ans also stepped up and do­nated half a mil­lion dol­lars to the Red Cross and the Sal­va­tion Army. ‘We have been watch­ing the heart­break­ing footage of the cat­a­strophic flood­ing in Hous­ton and our hearts go out to the peo­ple of Texas,’ wrote Kris on her In­sta­gram.

Bey­oncé posted: ‘Texas you are in my prayers,’ and is ru­moured to have do­nated mil­lions of dol­lars for the relief ef­fort in her home­town, and Drake re­vealed he was work­ing with lo­cal aid groups. Mi­ley Cyrus do­nated $500,000, hav­ing burst into tears on the Ellen Degeneres show talk­ing about the dis­as­ter. Ellen her­self pledged $1m, a sum matched by both Leonardo Di­caprio and San­dra Bullock. Cher also do­nated to help lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue shel­ters in the af­ter­math.

Peo­ple have suf­fered ter­ri­ble losses due to the hur­ri­cane drake An Undis­closed sum The Kar­dashi­ans $500,000

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