Beyoncé pledges to help as many victims of Hurricane Harvey as she can
Selena Gomez, Leonardo DiCaprio, NFL star J.J. Watt, Drake, and Kevin Hart are among the others to donate and raise money
“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,” Beyoncé said in a statement to The Houston Chronicle. “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.”
She also posted a black-and-white image to Instagram of the Texas flag with the caption, “Texas, you are in my prayers.”
Established in 2013 during Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter World Tour, BeyGOOD partners with organizations around the globe to help people secure jobs and provide services like clothing, counseling, housing, and medical assistance.
In 2016, Beyoncé donated more than $80,000 to combat the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, with the help of BeyGOOD and her company Parkwood Entertainment. Tidal, the music streaming service from Beyoncé’s husband, JAY-Z, also donated funds in the past to various Black Lives Matter organizations.
Other celebrities looking to aid relief efforts include Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Drake, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Sandra Bullock, and Leonardo DiCaprio, whose foundation donated $1 million on Wednesday to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund.
With the help of people like Ellen DeGeneres, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has already raised $8.5 million through YouCaring and set a new charity goal of $10 million.
In a message published to Instagram on Monday, Drake said he’s partnering with Future and “local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in the most immediate way possible.”
“We are currently overseas in London and all I can think about is how devastated I am as I look at images of the damage Hurricane Harvey has caused,” the message read. “I am praying for the safety of all those affected. Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years.”