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Celebrities and athletes working to aid Hurricane Harvey victims

Comedian Kevin Hart has pledged $50,000 to Hurricane Harvey victims and is calling out other celebrities to offer assistance.
Comedian Kevin Hart has pledged $50,000 to Hurricane Harvey victims and is calling out other celebrities to offer assistance. Invision

Victims of Hurricane Harvey are getting some help from the stars.

Comedian Kevin Hart and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt are just a few of the big names donating money and urging others to pledge funds.

In a video posted on Twitter by NBC News, Hart said he’s donating $25,000 and challenged other celebrities to help.

“This is a serious matter,” Hart said in the video. “I’m going to lead the charge and step it up in this way.”

Hart later tweeted that he’d give double his original amount.

Watt started a fundraiser Sunday to help the people of Houston.

“That’s our city,” he said in a video. “There’s going to be a lot we need to do to help rebuild.”

He originally set a goal of $200,000. When that goal was reached in less than two hours, he boosted it to $500,000.

Earlier Monday, he doubled that.

“I can’t even begin to describe what it’s like to see people come together for a common cause,” Watt said, expressing gratitude to all who have helped. According to Watt, that list includes new Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, who gave $50,000.

As of 6:15 p.m. Pacific time Monday, the fundraiser generated more than $900,000 of the $1 million goal.

Some others who have donated or are pushing for pledges include singers Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, rapper Drake, country music star Chris Young, actress Jenna Fischer, and NFL team owners Robert Kraft and Robert McNair.

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