These celebrities have donated over $8 million to hurricane harvey relief efforts
Posted August 31
Updated September 1
Hurricane Harvey left the city of Houston destroyed, and an estimated $40 billion in repairs will be necessary to rebuild the city. So, every single donation counts. Organizations such as the American Red Cross are accepting donations to help victims and aid in Hurricane Harvey relief, and quite a few celebrities are pitching in, too.
A-listers such as the Kardashians, Kevin Hart and Sandra Bullock have donated as much as $1 million to help Houston in the aftermath if the storms. Considering the city accumulated 52 inches of rainfall and approximately 30,000 people are in shelters, the Houston area certainly needs all of the help it can get.
Perhaps what got the ball rolling on the celebrity donations was Hart’s “challenge.” His call to action asked other celebs to help out, and folks such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Beyonce took him up on his request.
Bullock wanted to make it known that helping the Houston area is an important for Americans to do-regardless of politics or beliefs. It’s a time for us all to come together.
“There are no politics in eight feet of water," the star told People. "There are human beings in eight feet of water."
She donated $1 million to hurricane relief efforts, and the American Red Cross praised her donation.
“This is an incredible gift. We're so thankful. It's times like this when we do receive such an incredible amount of support. Especially during times of disaster, people see what's happening in Texas and our hearts all go out to them," Elizabeth Penniman, vice president of communications for American Red Cross national headquarters, told People. "Having someone like Sandra Bullock make this kind of commitment, it helps bring people together and open their hearts and be even more generous."
Here’s a running tally of how much celebrities have generously donated to the cause so far:
1. Kevin Hart: $50,000
Click the link in my Bio & help me help Houston as well as the other cities that are being affected by Hurricane Harvey….I will be able to track this money and make sure that it is being used properly. Keep your head up Houston & keep your faith. I love you all & my prayers are with you!!!! Click the link in my Bio….I will be calling out celebs daily. You also don't have to be a celebrity to donate….Any and everybody can click the link and help out!!!! CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: $25,000
3. Sandra Bullock: $1 million
4. The Kardashians: $500,000
- Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 29, 2017
5. Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez: $50,000
6. Ellen DeGeneres: $75,000
7. Beyonce: Unknown
While the amount of her contribution is not known, Beyonce has said she will raise money through her BeyGood organization.
8. DJ Khaled: $25,000
9. Nicki Minaj: $25,000
10. Wendy Williams: $25,000
Our hearts & prayers go out to those in Houston who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. I've accepted @kevinhart4real's challenge to support the people of Houston with a donation to the Red Cross. I encourage you all to please give what you can too. Link in my bio if you can donate. #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge #prayforhouston #houstonstrong
11. Drake & Future: Unknown
The donation amount is unknown, but the artists have said they are working to aid in relief.
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.
12. Chris Young: $100,00
He’s donated $100,000 personally and started a GoFundMe page so others can send money, as well.
13. Miley Cyrus: Unknown
Cyrus is donating through the Happy Hippie Foundation.
my heart goes out to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and thankful for all the emergency responders working tirelessly to keep people safe. @HappyHippieFdn is donating to @AmericanRedCross to help with disaster relief efforts for people who have lost their homes. Please join us by donating at RedCross.org or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation! Love Love & More Love! It's never too much & it's never enough! Always love more!
14. J.J. Watt: Unknown
Watt has started a fundraising site.
15. Chris Paul: $75,000
Paul has donated a total of $75,000 through different channels.
16. T.I.: $25,000
17. Waka Flocka: $25,000
You need to have goals and plans, but you don't have to think about them all the time as people do now. You just set them as a guideline for your life, and then live in the present as you work towards them. The future is not as important as the present, simply because it does not really exist. Keep your eye on the prize, true life. People now have their priorities backwards. Focus on the present instead of worrying about a non-existence future……………. IT IS ALL ABOUT ACCEPTING YOURSELF AND YOUR SITUATION, ACCEPTING THE PRESENT. The only source of knowledge is experience #AlbertEinstein
18. Chip and Joanna Gaines: Unknown
The HGTV couple is donating proceeds from of the sales of “Texas Forever” shirts.
Texas – we will always have your back. From now until the end of September, 100% of the proceeds from our "Texas Forever" shirts will go toward restoring homes and lives in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This undertaking is not too big for us if we are all in. Let's help restore these towns together. Order yours at magnoliamarket.com! Please share this post and spread the word. #TexasForever #HurricaneHarvey #MagnoliaMarket
19. Demi Lovato: $50,000
I'm kicking this off with a $50k donation at https://t.co/OsmNwPuFBK. Please help if you can. Promise you every dollar and prayer helps!
- Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) August 30, 2017
20. Nick Jonas & DNCE: Unknown
They’ve partnered to raise money for the Houston Food Bank.
- Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) August 30, 2017