Hurricane Harvey donations: Celebrities giving big to storm relief

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, celebrities are stepping up to help the victims of the massive storm by pledging thousands of dollars to aid recovery efforts by different charities.

Hurricane Harvey has devastated the Gulf Coast, claiming at least 15 lives and flooding portions of Texas cities like Houston.

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Hurricane Harvey struck the southeastern Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday and has been churning over the state ever since. FEMA head Brock Long estimates upwards of 30,000 people might need to seek shelter as a result of the flooding.

Donations for flood relief efforts began pouring in after actor Kevin Hart donated $25,000 on Monday to the Red Cross, and he challenged some of his famous friends to do the same.

“At this point, I’m going to start a real challenge,” Hart said. “I’m challenging a lot of my celebrity friends to follow my lead in donating $25,000 to Hurricane Harvey — to the Red Cross. At this point, this a serious matter. I think that people are in bad shape and they need help.” Hart later upped his donation to $50,000.

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The response to Hart’s challenge has been overwhelming, with big stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and singer Chris Brown contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Kim Kardashian and her sisters are pledging $500,000.

The list below consists of the celebrities who have announced their pledges for Hurricane Harvey flood relief efforts.

  1. The Astros are pledging $4 million
  2. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt started a fundraising effort that has already raised millions, with a new goal of $10 million.
  3. Tyler Perry is pledging $1 million
  4. Leonardo DiCaprio is pledging $1 million
  5. Sandra Bullock is pledging $1 million
  6. Houston Texans are pledging $1 million
  7. Rachael Ray is pledging $1 million
  8. Miley Cyrus is pledging $500,000
  9. Kim Kardashian and her sisters are pledging $500,000
  10. Drake is pledging $200,000
  11. Dodgers Scott Kazmir is pledging $130,000
  12. Chris Brown is pledging $100,000
  13. Country singer Chris Young is pledging $100,000
  14. Kevin Hart is pledging $50,000
  15. Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles is pledging $50,000 and has raised more than $160,000 via Crowdrise in collaboration with Random Acts
  16. Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are pledging $50,000
  17. Ellen De Generes is pledging $50,000
  18. Baseball player Mike Trout is pledging $27,000
  19. Diddy is pledging $25,000
  20. Rapper Fat Joe is pledging $25,000
  21. Jamie Foxx is pledging $25,000
  22. Rapper T.I. is pledging  $25,000
  23. Nicki Minaj is pledging $25,000
  24. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is pledging $25,000
  25. DJ Khaled is pledging $25,000
  26. Rapper Waka Flocka and wife Tammy Rivera are pledging $25,000
  27. The Ellen Show is pledging $25,000
  28. Wendy Williams is pledging $25,000
  29. Football player Ezekiel Elliott is pledging $21,000
  30. Jack Antonoff is pledging to match donations up to $10,000
  31. Ruby Rose is pledging to match Antonoff’s donation and donate $10,000 more
  32. Baseball player Matt Carpenter is pledging $10,000 for every home-run he hits for the rest of the season
  33. Ghanaian actor Michael Blackson is pledging $5,000
  34. Love and Hip Hop Hollywood’s Masika Kalysha is pledging $2,500
  35. Solange is pledging all earnings from her Sept. 28 show in Boston to those affected by Harvey, as well as $3 from each ticket from her Oct. 3 show in New York
  36. Fall Out Boy pledges all proceeds from their Nov. 7 show in Houston would go to Harvey relief

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While only a few stars announced donations to flood relief efforts, many have used their massive social media followings to encourage people to give what they can.

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Katy Perry, who boasts Twitter’s largest following at more than 103 million, urged viewers to donate while she hosted MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night, and she tweeted a link to the Red Cross’ donation efforts.

—With files from Chris Jancelewicz

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