Beyoncé And Other Major Stars Pledge To ‘Help As Many As We Can’ After Hurricane Harvey
Beyonce is one of many music, movie and TV stars that are using their charities, donating money themselves or getting behind organizations to help Texans who had their lives shattered with the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Beyonce posted a black and white picture on Instagram draped in a Texas flag: “Texas you are in my prayers.” In the wake of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey on large parts of Texas, Beyonce is one of many stars that are making it their mission to come to the aid of her hometown. The singer, who was born and raised in Houston, has pledged to do whatever possible to help the more than 30,000 people affected by the historic flooding. “My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” the singer told The Houston Chronicle in a statement. “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor [Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston] to implement a plan to help as many as we can,” she added.
BeyGOOD is a philanthropic initiative launched by the singer in 2013 in conjunction with her Mrs. Carter World Tour that provides support to communities in need, be it clothing, counseling, housing or medical assistance. The foundation raised more than $80,000 toward relief efforts in the 2016 Flint, Michigan, water crisis, and most recently helped the people of Burundi access safe drinking water. Throughout her career, Beyoncé has maintained a strong connection to Houston, perhaps most notably in her 2013 music video “No Angel” off her self-titled fifth studio album. Set in various districts throughout the sprawling city, the video serves as the singer’s love letter to her hometown and its local hip-hop scene.
As Harvey continues through the Texas coast, many celebrities have addressed the victims of Hurricane Harvey. During a heartfelt moment at MTV’s Video Music Awards, Katy Perry urged viewers to donate to the Red Cross. “We’re praying for your safety in the days to come and stay with you as you rebuild, because we’re all in this together,” said Perry. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart posted to his Instagram account and challenged his celebrity friends to donate $25,000. Jennifer Lopez, former football player Alex Rodriguez, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and DJ Khaled have all completed Hart’s challenge. “I think we’ve participated in a lot of challenges on the internet, some meaningful, some meaningless, but we’ve all done them,” Hart said. “At this point I’m going to start a real challenge.” JJ Watt of the Houston Texans created a fundraiser that has raised over $5 million, hitting the goal he posted on twitter last night. Country singer Chris Young also donated $100,000 to the relief efforts on a GoFundMe account. The money will go directly to the red cross and the campaign has raised over $130,000. Actress Sandra Bullock, who has a home in Austin, committed $1 million to Harvey relief and the Kardashian family donated $500,000 to The Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
Susan Z’s Conclusion:
Once again, we are seeing how people come together in a time of crisis. Some will do the hands on, roll up your sleeves kind of donation of time and help and those that can, offer the funds for shelter, water, food and anything else that is needed to rescue then rebuild.
The Devil: Inverted (Upside Down)
Fear, challenge and negative feelings created to grow. Since inverted, the card shows how the energy of negativity and challenge is being turned around into hope.
Princess of Wands:
Young energetic energy full of ideas for new projects. This is a perfect card to represent the help that is pouring in.
Two of Wands: Inverted
Future success of a project in the distance. Since inverted, I believe this represents as in all natural disasters, even after being rebuilt, the flooded areas will never be the same as before. The New Orleans flood of 2005 and the Louisiana flood of 2016, for example, lost all generations of colorful history with the floods.
Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine.