Helpers of Hurricane Harvey


Julieta Dentone, Author


The Gulf Coast has recently taken a devastating hit from Hurricane Harvey, with many people and animals stranded, lost, and in need of assistance. The world has been shocked by all of the news that shows victims barely making it out. As people have volunteered to go out and help those that need attention and need to get to safety, many celebrities have pledged to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey by doing things such as going out to the affected areas and aiding those in need, encouraging their fans to go donate to foundations and campaigns, and donating money to help repair homes, families, and anything else that was affected.   

There are many celebrities that have been working with local organizations to help assist those in need. Celebrities such as Beyoncé and Drake are working with local communities located in Houston and other affected places.

Beyoncé stated to the Houston Chronicle that, My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected.” Beyoncé is working with her team at BeyGOOD, which she started in 2013 to work with charitable organizations, and she is working with her pastor for more help.

Drake is also helping through organizations by working with local groups to help aid the victims. He has also pledged to donate $200,000 along with reaching out to the local groups.

Pam Barrett, a sophomore at Battlefield, said, “I believe that celebrities should put money or funds towards food and shelter for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, because without those two crucial things, we wouldn’t be able to save anyone, and no one would be alive.” Other celebrities have had the same idea and mindset as Barrett and have already donated. Kevin Hart, D.J. Khaled, and Nicki Minaj have all pledged to donate $25,000 to help those in need.

J.J. Watt, who plays football for the Houston Texans, started fundraising to help those that were affected. He made a page on YouCaring to let everyone donate. Since the release of this article, the page of the fundraiser has been shared over 480,000 times. Raised by roughly 187,500 supporters, the page shows that there has been a total of nearly 32 million dollars donated. Watt has continued to encourage people to keep helping, saying, “Every little thing helps. Just because the storm is receding doesn’t mean we can stop raising money.” Watt has already started giving back to the people, and has been keeping his supporters updated on what he has done. He has filled up trucks with food, water, clothing, and more to help those that were left with nothing.  

With everything that was hit and destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, many people have been left with nothing. Many celebrities have given them hope by donating money and working with local groups and organizations to help everyone in need.