Kevin Hart reached out to his friends in entertainment and issued a challenge to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas.
On Sunday (Aug. 27), the usually funny man took on a serious tone and asked people like Chris Rock, JAY-Z, Dave Chappelle and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to give a donation. Hart also donated $25,000 himself and urged his famous pals to challenge others.
“I think we’ve participated in a lot of challenges on the Internet,” said Hart. “Some meaningful, some meaningless, but we’ve all done them. I’ve been a person who’s partaken in several of them. At this point, I’m going to start a real challenge. I’m challenging a lot of my celebrity friends to follow my lead and donating $25,000 to Hurricane Harvey, to the Red Cross. At this point, this is a serious matter and the people are in bad shape and need help.”
Hart also mentioned Beyoncé in his challenge, who already posted a heartfelt message to the people of her home state, as did her Destiny Child’s partner Kelly Rowland.
Drake also shared some thoughts on Harvey and what it did to his beloved Texas. Of course, the Toronto native has shouted out Houston in many songs and has called the Southern city one of homes.
As if that wasn’t enough, according to the “Views” creator, he’s currently working with local relief groups to provide necessary assistance.
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.
Besides Drake, others from the hip-hop community expressed empathy towards the hurricane victims, including Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Houston native Slim Thug, who showed devastating photos of the aftermath.
“This is crazy,” Slim captioned. “I had no idea it was this bad.”
In addition, 2,000 people have already been rescued, and Harvey has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. But the danger is far from over, and the waters will continue to rise, stated officials.
“We are seeing catastrophic flooding, and this will likely expand, and it will likely persist as it’s slow to recede,” said the NWS director Louis W. Uccellini at a recent briefing.
Undoubtedly, since it’ll take time for the water to decrease, the rescue efforts will be somewhat thwarted, and those affected will seemingly need assistance for a very long time.
So from here, it’ll be interesting to see how Hart’s challenge unfolds, and if those big name celebs he mentioned dig in their pockets and donate something substantial.
You can see some other posts from celebrities about Hurricane Harvey below.