As Hurricane Harvey lashed southeastern Texas over the weekend, celebrities rallied for the aid effort.
Comic Kevin Hart led the cost Sunday night time, donating $25,000 and difficult his superstar associates to donate to the Purple Cross to assist relieve the catastrophic flooding that gushed by means of the Lone Star State.
“I feel we have participated in a number of challenges on the web, some significant, some meaningless, however we have all accomplished them. I have been an individual that is partaken in a number of of them,” Hart stated in an Instagram video.
“At this level, this can be a critical matter,” he continued. “I feel the individuals are in dangerous form they usually need assistance. I’ll lead the cost and step up on this approach.”
The “Jumanji” star referred to as on his co-star Dwayne Johnson, comics Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld, in addition to musicians Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake to make donations and tag another person to do the identical.
At that time, Houston native Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland of Future’s Baby had already posted notes about their hometown on Instagram, sending ideas and prayers to the state that launched their careers.
The deluge of help continued with nation star Chris Younger. “The Man I Need to Be” singer posted an emotional YouTube video about his certainty that his Texas house was destroyed and concern for his family and friends within the state. He donated $one hundred,000 to aid efforts to a GoFundMe marketing campaign to profit the Pink Cross.
Harvey, one of many worst pure disasters within the state’s historical past, slammed onto shore Friday as a Class four hurricane, then weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday, dropping as much as 24 inches of rain on Houston in its wake in 24 hours.
The Nationwide Climate Service reported that a minimum of 5 individuals had died as of Sunday night, however that quantity was anticipated to extend because the floodwaters receded. Greater than 30,000 individuals throughout the Gulf Coast are more likely to search momentary shelter because the tropical storm continues to drench southeastern Texas and Louisiana with heavy rains and surging floodwaters, The Occasions reported.
Toronto native Drake, who has lived in Houston for the previous eight years, stated that he and DJ Future the Prince are working with native aid teams “to help and help the individuals of Texas in anyway we will and in probably the most fast method potential.”
“I additionally need to thank all of the women and men of service and volunteers for his or her brave efforts to assist individuals in want,” the rapper stated on Instagram. “I encourage everybody to do what they will to help the individuals of Texas figuring out no matter effort you can also make to assist will go a great distance.”
Additionally, through the MTV Video Music Awards Awards on Sunday, host Katy Perry touched upon the catastrophic occasion. She too urged viewers to donate to the Pink Cross.
“All of us right here on the VMAs are sending like to the individuals of southeastern Texas and everybody affected by Hurricane Harvey proper now,” Perry stated onstage. “We’re praying on your security within the…