Tuesday night the stars aligned for the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon. Celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and Quest Love, to name a few, were a part of a campaign that raised more than $44 million for hurricane survivors, including $5 million from Apple and $1 million each from the Albertsons Cos. and Merck & Co. Proceeds from the telethon will be sent to the Rebuild Texas Fund, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Habitat for Humanity, the Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief, Save the Children, and United Way of Greater Houston. Also, Stevie Wonder and Beyonce gave some strong words about climate change, global warming, and other ways to help survivors.
“We’ve come together today to love on the people that have been devastated by the hurricanes. When love goes into action, it prefaces no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences and no political persuasions. It just loves,”
“As we should begin to love and value our planet, anyone who believes there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent. Lord, save us all.”
- Stevie Wonder
Being a native of Houston, Beyoncé made a heartfelt statement asking people to donate clothing, shoes, and diapers. She also pointed out that "natural disasters do not discriminate."
“During the time where it’s impossible to watch the violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated waters, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes. And countless families are now homeless,”
“In my hometown city of Houston, people need food, clothing and cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers and formula for babies and, of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs, and kids need books and toys so they can continue to dream,” Beyonce said.