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What You Need to Know About How Celebs Are Donating to Hurricane Harvey Efforts

Kevin Hart (from left), Solange and Drake were among some of the first celebs to give to relief efforts in Houston. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Paul Zimmerman/WireImage/Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

As much as we clown our favorite stars for their lavish possessions, these ladies and gents really know how to dig down and give back when it counts. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Kevin Hart, Solange, Bun B and others have organized fundraisers and concerts to help the more than 32,000 displaced Texans recover — and you can help, too.

Check below for a list of ways celebrities are giving a hand to those in need and discover how you can get in on the charitable action.

Solange Orion’s Hand Show In Boston

Solange has the perfect way for fans to donate to Harvey victims — take in a dope show at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre starring her and featuring the Sun Ra Arkestra. General tickets are on sale now and whether or not you’re able to attend the Sept. 28 concert, it’s a great way to give to the cause. Plus, NPR reported Solange added another Radio City Music Hall show where $3 from each ticket will go toward relief efforts.

Kevin Hart’s Harvey Relief Fundraiser

Kevin Hart’s #HurricaneHarveyChallenge has seriously taken off since the comic posted about the effort over the weekend. T.I., Chris Brown, The Rock and several others have donated $25,000 to the fund and now, Hart has bumped up the goal from $1 million to $1.5 million. And he’s not stopping there. The comic revealed he’s giving a total of $500,000 more to help Texans, including their furry family members.

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Bun B Working On a Telethon

In the blink of an eye (72 hours), Houston rapper Bun B teamed with talent manager Scooter Braun to develop a televised benefit concert for the city on Tuesday, Sept. 12, he told TMZ. B’s rep confirmed the news to the Associated Press Wednesday, Aug. 30, and while details are scarce, it is known the show will air on the big four networks: NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and CMT. The concert, titled “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief,” has recruited the likes of Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé to help boost support and will air at 8 p.m.


The Canadian MC was overseas when news broke of Harvey’s devastation, but Drake was already planning how he could help Houston rebuild. He’s since given a whopping $200,000 donation to Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt’s You Caring campaign and encouraged fans to give to the effort as well.

Ezekiel Elliott 

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot isn’t letting his suspension woes stop him from doing some good. He tweeted Monday, Aug. 28, that he’d be giving $21,000 to support victims and challenged fans of the team to donate to The Salvation Army. Go on, giving is just a few clicks away.

Kandi Burruss

It’s not just the fellas who are feeling charitable. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star and hitmaker Kandi Burruss posted on Instagram Monday that she’d drop $10,000 for Texans. She also urged her fans to actually get out there and do something, saying, “Let’s not just pray for Houston. … No matter how much it may be, all donations help.”


Beyoncé told The Houston Chronicle she planned to support storm survivors through her BeyGood Foundation and announced on Thursday, Aug. 31, that the philanthropic arm is teaming with Bread of Life and the Greater Houston Community Foundation to get much-needed supplies on the ground. Donations can be made to both local organizations here. Bey has been hands-on with her hometown, spending her time Friday, Sept. 8 dishing out hot food for survivors.

Tyler Perry

The media mogul announced in a Thursday, Aug. 31 Facebook video that he’s giving $1 million to hurricane relief efforts. A quarter of that is going to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston “to make sure that they can get all the supplies that people need. … I know for sure that they will — that’s the kind of person he is.” Beyoncé’s hometown pastor, Rudy Rasmus of St John’s United Methodist Church, will also get $250,000 from Perry.

Janet Jackson

Singer Janet Jackson is gearing up to go back on the road for her “State Of The World” tour. And despite the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Houston, she’s not canceling her concert. Not only will the show go on, Jackson is also going to arrive early to visit shelters and “do something special.” The singer recently announced proceeds from the concert will benefit flood relief efforts.

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