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How Hurricane Harvey victims are getting some star-studded assistance

Actress Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the Red Cross to support Hurricane Harvey victims. She’s one of several celebrities helping the cause.
Actress Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the Red Cross to support Hurricane Harvey victims. She’s one of several celebrities helping the cause. Invision

The effects of Hurricane Harvey are still hitting Houston and surrounding areas hard.

Numerous celebrities have stepped up to contribute money to aid those affected by the natural disaster, which made landfall Friday.

Among those giving the most is actress Sandra Bullock. The star of “The Blind Side” and “Speed” pledged $1 million to the Red Cross on Tuesday, People reports.

“I’m just grateful I can do it,” Bullock told the magazine. “We all have to do our part.”

Several other Hollywood stars are doing just that.

Comedian Kevin Hart was one of the first to challenge celebrities to donate. In a video posted Monday, he offered to give $25,000 (an amount he later doubled) while calling out other stars to give.

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

He posted on Instagram on Wednesday that his Red Cross fundraiser crossed the $1 million mark.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is sending $1 million to United Way, according to TMZ.

The Kardashian family has pledged $500,000 to Red Cross. Other celebrities who have reportedly donated include singers Chris Young and Chris Brown ($100,000 each), actor Jensen Ackles ($50,000), and $25,000 gifts from rappers Nicki Minaj and T.I., actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and DJ Khaled.

The sports world is contributing as well.

One of the largest fundrasiers going is being run by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. His crowdfunding page, which had an opening goal of $200,000 when it launched Sunday, had garnered more than $8.8 million as of Wednesday night.

Leslie Alexander, owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, has donated $4 million, while at least three NFL team owners have pledged $1 million each.

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