How These Celebs Are Helping the Needy in a Crisis

Kevin Hart, Lady Gaga, and others spread awareness, send prayers, and donate money to Texans

by Zachary Leeman | Updated 29 Aug 2017 at 10:28 AM

While many prominent people have used Hurricane Harvey as a platform to continue being political and divisive (so what else is new?),  others have stepped up in the effort to support affected parts of Texas by spreading awareness, prayers, and even money.

Actor Kevin Hart, who has made headlines recently for refusing to directly comment on political matters, posted a video to Instagram saying he was donating $25,000 to relief efforts in Texas. The comedian urged other celebrities to do the same.

"I'm challenging a lot of my celebrity friends to follow my lead," the actor said in the video. He tagged Beyonce, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay-Z, Dave Chappelle, Justin Timberlake, and Steve Harvey in his post.

Musician Chris Young also pledged $100,000 to relief efforts, and Lady Gaga revealed she had donated to the cause as well, though she did not say how much.

The band Lady Antebellum had to cancel a show because of the hurricane, and the group decided to donate the merchandise proceeds from another show to help in recovery and rescue efforts.

Miranda Lambert, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, and others have also sent prayers and messages of hope through their social media accounts.

While many have not been able to let go of politics or their anti-President Trump hysteria, these celebrities and others have displayed a rare unity in a time of crisis.

Related: And Still Old Glory Flies in Texas

In a culture that seems more and more consumed by polarization, it's a sign of hope to see artists banding together and using their positions for good while so many innocent Americans are still in harm's way.

(photo credit, homepage image of Hart: Eva Rinaldi; photo credit, article images: Victoria's Secret / Keith Hinkle, Flickr)

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