Sandra Bullock Donates $1M To Harvey Victims

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Actress Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to the American Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The 53-year-old movie star, who owns a home in Texas, is a longtime supporter of the American Red Cross. She said she hopes Americans can put politics aside and come together to offer relief to those who have been affected by the devastating storm.

"There are no politics in eight feet of water. There are human beings in eight feet of water," Bullock told People. "I'm just grateful I can do it. We all have to do our part."

The humanitarian organization appreciated Bullock's generosity.

"This is an incredible gift. We're so thankful," said Elizabeth Penniman, vice president of communications for American Red Cross national headquarters. "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."

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

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Although Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it is still wreaking havoc on parts of Texas and Louisiana, where thousands of people have been displaced by massive flooding. The New York Times reports that the death toll has risen to 30.

"It's been a tragic weekend, and unfortunately, the worst is yet to come," Brad Kieserman, vice president of Disaster Services and Logistics for the Red Cross, told People. "We are beginning a massive relief effort."

Other celebrities have pitched in, as well.

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Comedian Kevin Hart donated $50,000 to the relief efforts and encouraged his fellow celebrities to do their part.

"I think we've participated in a lot of challenges on the internet, some meaningful, some meaningless, but we've all done it," he stated, according to the BBC. "At this point I'm going to start a real challenge. I'm challenging a lot of my celebrity friends to follow my lead."

Hart's message had a galvanizing effect, with the Kardashian family responding by pledging $500,000 to the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson donated $25,000, as did both Jennifer Lopez and husband Alex Rodriguez.

Singer Chris Brown announced that he would be donating $100,000, writing: "Kevin Hart I accept your challenge. We need to come together."

However, Brown went on to say that he was "skeptical" of the Red Cross and that his "donation will go to the people."

Sources: People, BBC, The New York Times / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Pexels, Lt. Zachary West/U.S. Department of Defense

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