Celebrities like Drake and Beyoncé have been using their platform to raise money for victims and survivors of Hurricane Harvey. The powerful storm has completely devastated the city of Houston leaving massive flooding in its wake. So far, eight people have died and thousands more have been left stranded in their homes.
On Aug 28, Houston-native Beyoncé posted a photo on Instagram that reads, “Texas you are in my prayers.” The 35-year-old singer also announced she’ll be working with her own philanthropic organization BeyGood to help with aid relief.
Drake also posted a photo on his Instagram the same day, detailing a list of organizations in need of donations. He also announced that he’ll be working with local relief groups and urged his fans to do the same.
The Toronto native, who has lived periodically in Houston over the past eight years, posted the following heartfelt message to the city and its citizens: “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,” he wrote, continuing, “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.
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.
Other celebrities have also been stepping up to the plate to support victims of the natural disaster. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart donated $25,000 to the Red Cross and called on famous friends like Dwayne Johnson and Justin Timberlake to do the same. Country star Chris Young, who’s Houston home was destroyed due to flooding, posted an emotional video on YouTube, sharing that he’s donated $100,000 to help the cause.
At the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (Aug 27,) host Katy Perry sent her love to hurricane victims and urged viewers to donate to the Red Cross. “All of us here at the VMAs are sending love to the people of southeastern Texas and everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey right now,” she said, adding, “We’re praying for your safety in the days to come and we stand with you as you rebuild because we’re all in this together.”