Since the devastating earthquake hit Texas, many celebrities and athletes have stepped up to help any way they could. And Sandra Bullock went above and beyond the call of duty. She generously donated $1 million dollars to the Red Cross for its efforts in Texas, according to People magazine.
“I’m just grateful I can do it,” Bullock said. “We all have to do our part.”
Bullock has been a longtime supporter of the Red Cross and also has a home in Texas. She told the magazine that it was up to us to ignore the political drama surrounding the hurricane and to give what we can.
“There are no politics in eight feet of water,” Bullock said. “There are human beings in eight feet of water.”
Elizabeth Penniman, who is the VP of Communications at the national headquarters of the Red Cross said it was “an incredible gift.”
“Especially during times of disaster, people see what’s happening in Texas and our hearts all go out to them,” Penniman told People. “Having someone like Sandra Bullock make this kind of commitment, it helps bring people together and open their hearts and be even more generous.”
The gift is even is a step up from other generous celebrity donations. Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson recently started a star-filled challenge on social media to give to the Red Cross. Hart gave $50,000 and Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez each gave $25,000.
J.J. Watt, the defensive end for the Houston Texans, organized his own Harvey fundraiser and raised over $3.25 million. He then raised his disaster relief goal to $5 million and is confident he can reach that goal. The site that is hosting the fundraiser is YouCaring.com, if you’d like to donate.
Based on federal disaster declarations, the storm has affected about a quarter of the Texas population (about 6.8 million people in 18 counties.)
Our hearts go out to everyone dealing with the devastation caused by Harvey.