Those in Houston, Texas are going through some horrific times ever since Hurricane Harvey came through the city last Friday. Many have stepped up in huge ways to lend a hand, including celebrities. In a statement given to The Houston Chronicle Monday, Beyoncé announced plans to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Her statement reads:
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. 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.
BeyGOOD, which was formed in 2013 during her Mrs. Carter World tour, partners with global organizations to help people find jobs and provide services, including clothing, counseling, housing, and medical assistance. For example, in June, BeyGood partnered with UNICEF to bring clean and safe water to Burundi.
The 35-year-old singer has yet to reveal exactly how she plans to help her hometown in Texas, but there's no doubt whatever she comes up with will do great good. The Grammy-winning artist has a track record of doing amazing things for those in need. Last June, Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment management company donated over $80,000 to the United Way of Genesee County to help Flint residents during the water crisis. Furthermore, in 2005, she founded, alongside her parents, Solange Knowles, and Kelly Rowland, The Survivor Foundation, which assisted Hurricane Katrina victims.
Harvey has left the city in devastation, including, as of Monday, the deaths of at least 10 people, according to The New York Times. With over 50 inches of rain falling so far, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas called the storm "one of the largest disasters America has ever faced."
Other celebrities who have supported those in Texas include the Kardashians, who donated $500,000, the Supernatural cast who raised over $130,000 as of Tuesday morning, and The Rock, who donated $25,000, among many others. It's wonderful to see people uniting for an important cause and assisting so many in need, especially during such devastating times.
On Sunday, both Jay Z and Beyoncé were challenged by Kevin Hart (he donated $25,000 to the Red Cross) to lend support to Houston via Instagram through a movement he is calling, "Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge." He also challenged Justin Timberlake, Steve Harvey, The Rock, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chapelle.
It's unclear if Bey saw Hart's message, but the fact remains she's currently working on a way to aid Harvey victims, like she's done for so many in the past.