Many Hollywood actors and other celebrities are stepping forward to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey’s devastating category-four winds and catastrophic flooding. Indeed, many are donating big money to assist the Gulf Coast storm victims during this historic time of need.

After seeing images of countless drenched people stranded on rooftops, streets turned into murky brown rivers, dramatic rescue operations, overcrowded mega shelters, and neighbors helping neighbors, many A-listers are feeling compelled to open their wallets to assist Texans in their recovery.

Among the largest donors are Tyler Perry, Sandra Bullock, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Each donated $1 million. “This is about helping people . . . if you got a dollar, you got fifty cents, find a charity that will get the money to the people,” Perry urges.

On an Instagram video, native Texan Jamie Foxx pledged to donate $25,000. He is set to host a Hurricane Harvey telethon in Los Angeles on September 12. “Texas, hang in there. Sending love, prayers, and finance,” he says.

Supernatural star Jensen Ackles, a native Texan as well, is asking his fans to give whatever they can for recovery efforts. He is working in collaboration with his co-star Misha Collins, and the two men have helped raise over $360,000 thus far with 100-percent of the proceeds going directly to the victims. Ackles personally donated $50,000 to the cause.

Early on, comedian Kevin Hart launched the “Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge” via Instagram. The comic showed his serious side as he donated $50,000 and then challenged–or some say shamed–other celebrities by asking them to donate $25,000 apiece. He called several of his famous friends out by name including Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Dave Chappelle, Justin Timberlake, Steve Harvey, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. While some people prefer to give privately,  Johnson did respond by publicly announcing he was donating $25,000; and Houston native Beyonce posted on her website that her foundation, BeyGood, along with her pastor, would be working to help as many people from her hometown as possible. “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 Dream Girls star said.

Harvey has caused 47 confirmed deaths, but this number is likely to climb during the cleanup stage in the upcoming days. Preliminary estimates of economic losses have reportedly reached as much as $180 billion.

All of the money raised will go towards much-needed food, water, shelter, medical supplies, clothing, transportation, counselors, diapers, care for pets, and the enormous task of rebuilding. But experts warn that the hardship is far from over. They expect toxic black molds to become a terrible problem after the water recedes which will trigger asthma and allergies. And the vast quantity of water is serving as a breeding ground for mosquitoes–some of which are expected to carry the Zica virus. Also, doctors are warning that the water is contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and parasites. There’s so much yet to overcome.

Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, stated, “FEMA’S going to be there for years. This disaster is going to be a landmark event . . . This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet.”

 

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