Update: The Hurricane Harvey relief fund Kevin Hart launched over the weekend has surpassed $1 million, according to the comic. Hart had urged his celebrity pals to donate $25,000 to support the victims of the natural disaster and the results have been overwhelming.
“This is unbelievable, man. The support that you guys have given is unreal,” Hart said in a Wednesday, Aug. 30 Instagram video. “It’s amazing what we can do as people when we work together. And it’s inspired me to do more.”
Hart now wants to raise $1.5 million and said he’s donating $50,000 to Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt’s fundraiser and another $50,000 to an animal relief fund.
Earlier in the week, Kevin Hart encouraged his social media followers to share the love and some high-profile pals are doing just that when it comes to Hurricane Harvey relief.
The comedian made headlines Sunday, Aug. 27, when he called on stars like The Rock and Beyoncé to give $25,000 to Houston and other affected areas of the state.
After his plea, he upped his gift to $50,000 and urged more stars to give, including Chris Brown and T.I.
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Click the link in my Bio & help me help Houston as well as the other cities that are being affected by Hurricane Harvey….I will be able to track this money and make sure that it is being used properly. Keep your head up Houston & keep your faith. I love you all & my prayers are with you!!!! Click the link in my Bio….I will be calling out celebs daily. You also don't have to be a celebrity to donate….Any and everybody can click the link and help out!!!! CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO
Well, the stars heard Hart loud and clear and immediately began confirming they donated to Houston, where 30,000 people have been displaced.
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Brown, noting he was skeptical of the Red Cross, pledged the biggest public donation of all the celebs Hart called out.
“I accept your challenge,” the “Questions” singer said. “We need to come together, so I’m donating a $100,000. So, man, this is for everybody out there in Texas for the relief and everything.”
T.I. echoed Brown’s doubts and announced he’d send $25,000 to Houston and Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled and The Rock (who did give to the Red Cross) followed suit per their Instagram pages.
Beyoncé noted Sunday that Texas was in her prayers and spoke about her plans to donate to a local paper.
“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and 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 superstar said in a statement to the Houston Chronicle Monday, Aug. 28. “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor [Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston] to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”