Celebrities use their stardom for a good cause
Actress Garcelle Beauvais recently responded to Haiti’s earthquake of 7.0 on the Ritcher scale, with questions that resonated deep with her faith. Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon recently was invoted onto Larry King to describe how hard she was hit by this tragic event: “You have to question faith, in a way, you do. I mean, you don’t understand, especially a place like Haiti. It’s really hard to take. It’s really hard to watch. I mean, seeing the one picture of the baby covered under the rubble, because they couldn’t get to it… Those are my people. Those faces are my family. The worst is not knowing.” Garcelle was born in Haiti and came to the US when she was 7 years old, leaving behind aunts and cousins.
“We have family we haven’t been able to contact..cousins..We no have no contact. We spoke to my brother-in-law through e-mail yesterday. We got an e-mail and he was in the car. He said it sounded like a bomb went off. It was that loud.” Garcelle told Larry King.
Fellow Haitian Wyclef Jean has been calling on followers to donate via text by sending the word ‘YELE’ to 501 501, where each text is worth $5 (£3.10).
Ben Stiller has also appealed for funds for the Red Cross – $10 (£6.25) donations can be made by texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999
Many celebrities have spoken out for relief in Haiti, some more eloquently than others.
Natalie Portman has posted a call for support on the website for FINCA, her microfinance charity
Madonna, Sandra Bullock , Lady GaGa, Tiger Woods, Joe Jonas and others are opening their hearts and wallets to help the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti last week.
Sandra Bullock, who enjoyed her most successful box office year ever, donated a whopping $1 million to Doctors Without Borders, while Madonna gave $250,000 to Partners In Health.
The Tiger Woods foundation is rumored to have donated as much as $3 million dollars to the cause, while Lady GaGa announced she will be donating proceeds from her upcoming Radio City Music Hall show in New York to the Haitian victims.
But Joe Jonas said he wanted to do more than donate. The Disney star is apparently planning a trip to the ravaged nation to help out in person.
George Clooney has organized a telethon with countless celebrities participating, that will air on Friday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW, CNN, BET, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT, wihout commercial interruption.
First Lady Michelle Obama is also asking U.S Citizens to help Haiti earthquake victims. To watch PSA click here.
We don’t have to be a celebrity to be able to help. Ten dollars; Five dollars; even just one dollar could help the rescue efforts.
There are still many people missing and rescuers keep finding people alive under the rubble. According to CNN a rescue crew patiently chipped away at concrete and debris early Sunday, trying to reach a woman who sent a text message that she was buried beneath the ruins of a collapsed bank
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The American Red Cross is currently accepting donations through the following way: the American Red Cross International Response Fund at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donors can designate their gifts to Haiti relief. The Red Cross is also receiving money through a third party mobile fundraising effort in which mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross.
The Salvation Army will take donations locally with a check made out to Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. Capt. Tim Farrell said the best way to donate is to go online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769.)
You can also help by making donations on UNICEF.
How are you helping this cause?