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Editor’s note: This piece will continuously be updated with donations as they are announced.
As the people of Southeast Texas continue to feel the wrath of Harvey, now a tropical storm, celebrities are generously pledging tens of thousands to aid in relief efforts.
Sandra Bullock stepped up in a big way, donating $1 million to the Red Cross on Tuesday. “We all have to do our part.”
Many have answered the Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge posed by Kevin Hart on Sunday. Initially, the comic called upon Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Harvey and Justin Timberlake. In a follow-up Instagram video where he upped his pledge to $50,000 from $25,000, Hart added more famous names to the list like T.I., Chris Brown and Drake.
Hart’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle co-star, Johnson, said he accepted the challenge and had donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross, adding a message for Houstonians. “You gotta stay strong and you gotta hold on to faith,” he said.
Rappers Brown and T.I. also answered the call.
The Rubber Band Man said he had $25,000 to give to the cause. “@kevinhart4real salute for responding with a challenge that WE ALL NEED TO ANSWER,” T.I. exclaimed in the NSFW video’s caption.
Beyoncé, a Houston-native, issued a statement to the Houston Chronicle conveying her thoughts and plan of action to help those in need.
“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,” the singer said.
“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.”
Drake, in an Instagram post, shared that he and DJ Future the Prince are “are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in…