Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has wreaked havoc since making landfall in Rockport, Texas last Friday. Over 30 inches of rain have fallen, causing the worst flooding in Texas history. Many have lost their homes, hospitals have been destroyed, thousands are without power and, as of today, at least 14 people have died.
Hearteningly, many celebrities have come forward to pledge their support for those affected by the storm, among them is national treasure/Houston native/#BeyGOOD initiative founder Beyoncé. “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 told The Houston Chronicle on Monday. “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.”
This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has come to the aid of her native city or the greater black community. In the past, #BeyGOOD has partnered with Turnaround Houston, which assists Houstonians “struggling to find work, especially those with a criminal record, and brings together entities that provide job training, mental health resources, educational services, as well as employers seeking applicants to satisfy their workforce needs.” #BeyGOOD’s also teamed up with United Way and UNICEF to help bring clean, safe drinking water to the people of Flint, Michigan and Burundi.
Beyoncé joins Kevin Hart (starter of the “Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge”), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Drake and more in their efforts to provide relief to the people of 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….
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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. I am praying for the safety of all those affected. Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years. Myself and @futuretheprince are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in the most immediate way possible. I also want to thank all the men and women of service and volunteers for their courageous efforts to help people in need. I encourage everyone to do what they can to assist the people of Texas knowing whatever effort you can make to help will go a long way.
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Fans can follow the @beygood Twitter account for updates on Beyoncé’s good works. If you’d like to help, we suggest donating to a local charity like the Houston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Houston Humane Society, Houston SPCA, or San Antonio Humane Society. Alternatively, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner has set up a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that accepts tax-deductible relief donations.
[ via Cosmopolitan ]