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The entire world is watching in horror as Hurricane Harvey ravages the state of Texas, leaving 10 dead and survivors injured, traumatized, and homeless in its wake. As people scramble to do whatever they can to help – be it offering their own homes as shelter for those displaced, taking boats out into the storm to try and save every life they can, or tweeting out information on people who are still stuck and awaiting rescue, one member of the celebrity world has taken it upon himself to use his star power and financial success to help – and he called out his friends in Hollywood to do the same, listing them off by name.
Hollywood funnyman Kevin Hart went viral this morning with a 56 second video in which he addresses Hurricane Harvey and the damage it’s wrought upon Houston, Texas in the past 72 hours. Calling to mind the mindless challenges that have graced social media over the years, Hart issued up a firm challenge to his friends in Hollywood: donate $25,000 and when you’re done, tag another celebrity friend to do the same.
Naming the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce Knowles and JAY-Z, Chris Rock and a few others, Hart backs up his own challenge by announcing that the first $25k would be coming from him directly. It would have been so easy to just donate quietly and leave others to their own devices, hoping that they’d follow suit but no; Kevin Hart saw an opportunity to do some real good and inspire generosity in those he knows have been as fortunate and successful as he, and that alone is more than worth its weight in gold.
If you’d like to join Kevin in his pursuit to help the fine folks suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, above you’ll find a list of ways and places to donate your time, money, energy, and resources to. Don’t forget to pass it on!