Hurricane Harvey: Kevin Hart Starts Relief Challenge, Donates $50,000 to Red Cross

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Hart called on Dwayne Johnson, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Justin Timberlake to donate money to the victims of the devastation in Houston.

After realizing how immense Hurricane Harvey's damage has been to the people in the Houston area, Kevin Hart took to Instagram for a sincere plea for donations to the Red Cross.

"Serious moment right now," said the comedian, telling his fans that he was alarmed to hear about the severe devastation in Houston and the surrounding areas following record-breaking rainfall and flooding that came with the weekend's hurricane in Texas. "This shit is unbelievable."

Hart said that people participate in a lot of internet challenges, both meaningful and meaningless, and he'd like to start a Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge by calling on his celebrity friends to donate $25,000 to the Red Cross for the storm's victims. 

"I think people are in bad shape, they need help," said Hart. He called on celebrities like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Justin Timberlake, Dave Chappelle, Steve Harvey and Jay Z to follow in his footsteps and donate $25,000. Hart later upped his commitment to $50,000 and called on more celebs to donate. Hart also launched a Crowdrise campaign to raise money from people looking to donate funds.

Other celebrities have donated money to relief efforts as well. Singer Chris Young pledged $100,000 toward a $500,000 GoFundMe account benefiting the Red Cross. Drake said he is working remotely with local relief groups assisting those in Houston and Lady Antebellum donated their show's merchandise proceeds to hurricane relief efforts. Beyonce and Miranda Lambert sent their love and prayers to their home state.


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Aug. 29, 8:21 a.m. This story has been updated with Kevin Hart increasing his donation.