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Friday 23 February 2018

Sandra Bullock donates one million dollars to the Red Cross after Storm Harvey

Hollywood stars donate to help relief efforts in the wake of Storm Harvey.

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock

By Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Sandra Bullock has donated one million dollars (£774,000) to the American Red Cross, as Hollywood stars pledge money to help the thousands afflicted by Storm Harvey.

More than 17,000 people have sought refuge in Texas shelters and around a dozen have been reported dead after a hurricane and mass flooding ripped through the state.

American Red Cross, which is participating in relief efforts, praised Bullock’s donation as an “incredible gift” on Tuesday.

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart threw down the gauntlet and asked stars to match his donation of 50,000 dollars (£39,000).

Former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who made 65 million dollars (£50 million) in the year leading up to June according to Forbes, said he pledged 25,000 dollars (£19,000).

The Kardashian clan announced they donated 500,000 dollars (£387,00) collectively to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Catastrophic flooding struck on Friday when 30 inches of rain was dumped in parts of Texas including the city of Houston.

American Red Cross communications vice president Elizabeth Penniman said: “It’s times like this when we do receive such an incredible amount of support. Especially during times of disaster, people see what’s happening in Texas and our hearts all go out to them.

“Having someone like Sandra Bullock make this kind of commitment, it helps bring people together and open their hearts and be even more generous.”

According to reports, Bullock said: “I’m just grateful I can do it. We all have to do our part.”

Beyonce, who is from Houston, told the Houston Chronicle her philanthropic organisation BeyGOOD would be trying to help relief efforts.

“My heart goes out to my home town, 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 said.

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