Houston floods: Sandra Bullock, Kevin Hart and more dig deep

From BBC - August 30, 2017

Sandra Bullock, Kevin Hart and other celebrities are lending their weight to the Tropical Storm Harvey relief effort in Texas.

Bullock has donated $1m (774,000) to the American Red Cross in the wake of the flooding in Houston and beyond.

Hart has called on his famous friends to dig deep, while his own fundraising campaign is near $1m.

Others to have pledged money include The Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Sandra Bullock - $1m

American Red Cross communications vice president Elizabeth Penniman said: "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.

"Having someone like Sandra Bullock make this kind of commitment, it helps bring people together and open their hearts and be even more generous."

Kevin Hart - $50,000

The Ride Along and Get Hard star posted a video pledging $25,000 (19,400) - which he later doubled - and named a string of other A-listers whom he said should follow his example.

He said: "I think we have participated in a lot of challenges on the internet, some meaningful, some meaningless, but we have all done it... At this point I am going to start a real challenge. I am challenging a lot of my celebrity friends to follow my lead."

The Kardashians - $500,000

Kim Kardashian West responded: "@kevinhart My mom, sisters & I accept your challenge. We will be donating $500,000 to @redcross and @salvationarmyus today #HoustonStrong"

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson - $25,000

The movie star said: "I want to send a message to the people of Houston - you have got to stay strong and you have got to hold on to faith."

Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez - $25,000 each

Also on Instagram, the actress told fans: "We have been watching everything that's been going on down in Houston and our hearts are just breaking. It's just devastating."

Chris Brown - $100,000

"Kevin Hart I accept your challenge," the singer announced. "We need to come together."

TI - $25,000

Jensen Ackles - $50,000

Chris Young - $100,000

Nicki Minaj - $25,000

DJ Khaled - $25,000

The Chainsmokers - $30,000

Lil B - free verses


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