As Harvey lashes the state of Texas, celebrities are rallying for the relief effort, including actor and comedian Kevin Hart. Monday, Hart took to Instagram to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign on Crowdrise and called on several of his fellow celebs to match his $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross.
"At this point, this is a serious matter. I think the people are in bad shape and they need help. I'm going to lead the charge and step up in this way," Hart said in the video below.
He went on to call out The Rock, Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Justin Timblerlake, and Jerry Seinfeld to make donations, adding "And I think when you do it, you all should tag somebody else ... prayers go out to Houston."
I'm calling this the Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge....Lets go @therock @beyonce @chrisrock Jay Z Dave Chappelle @jerryseinfeild @iamsteveharveytv @justintimberlake #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge #prayforhouston .....I am getting a link together now people. Help me help Houston....
Aug 27, 2017 at 4:07pm PDT
And now some famous names, from several of those mentioned above to several others, have answered the call.
DJ Khaled accepted Kevin Hart's challenge, donating $25,000 to hurricane relief efforts:
Hart's Central Intelligence co-star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson pledged $25,000. In the Instagram post below, Johnson encourages others to donate “a buck or two” to help raise funds:
Also stepping up to Hart's challenge are Chris Brown and T.I., with Brown pledging $100,000 and T.I. $25,000.
Reality show personality Kim Kardashian West announced on Twitter that her family is donating $500,000 to the Red Cross and Salvation Army:
And Beyoncé, in a statement to the Houston Chronicle, had this to say about the devastation in Houston: "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."
She added, “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor to implement a plan to help as many as we can."
Apart from those participating in Hart's campaign, other celebrities donating funds to help those in need include country singer Chris Young, Drake, Cher, Lady Antebellum, and Texans star J.J. Watt whose fundraising campaign has now raised more than $4 million.