Leonardo DiCaprio donates $1 million to Harvey relief effort

This isn't the first time DiCaprio's organisation has lent a helping hand to others in past disasters - money was lent to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the 2010 quake in Haiti and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Because of the tragic events now taking place in Texas, many celebrities are making donations in an effort to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. United Way Worldwide, the largest privately funded non-profit, said Wednesday that all proceeds of the Harvey Recovery Fund would go directly to recovery efforts.

United Way president and CEO Brian Gallagher told Metro News that they are thankful for the donation from DiCaprio. She joined J. J. Watt in creating a fundraising campaign to support the recovery of the Harvey victims.

Actor Kevin Hart, $50,000 to the American Red Cross plus additional pledges to other relief groups.

Other stars who have also donated money is the Kardashian family, who made a collective donation of $500,000 to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Actor Jensen Ackles, $50,000 to Random Acts.

Electronic music duo The Chainsmokers, $30,000 to the American Red Cross.

TV cook Rachael Ray, $1 million to organizations rescuing and caring for animals displaced by Harvey.

Additionally, Solange, Fall Out Boy and Bun B have all planned separate benefit concerts.

United Way, which is supported by almost 3 million volunteers worldwide, is uniquely positioned to respond to Harvey.

She said she was praying "for the rescuers who have been so courageous and determined" and would work with her organisation BeyGOOD and her pastor to "implement a plan to help as many as we can".

Lemonade pop icon Beyoncé said she was working with her charity to assist the storm and flood victims in her hometown of Houston.

Jamie Foxx is doing his part by hosting a star-studded telethon to raise money for relief and rebuilding efforts, and stars like Reese Witherspoon and Blake Shelton will be manning the phones.


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