Officials in Texas say Hurricane Harvey could force more than 30,000 people into shelters, with flooding still threatening to swallow more streets and neighborhoods in Houston and nearby areas.
In response, actor Kevin Hart is trying to rally his rich celebrity friends to donate money toward assisting the victims and rescuers.
The comedian has given $25,000 toward the cause and has filmed a video calling on Dwayne Johnson, Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Jerry Seinfeld to match his donation.
‘A real challenge’
“I think we participated in a lot of challenges on the Internet, some meaningful, some meaningless, but we’ve all done them,” Hart said in the video posted Instagram.
“At this point I’m going to start a real challenge. I’m challenging a lot of my celebrity friends to follow my lead and donate $25,000 to Hurricane Harvey, to the Red Cross.”
Hart donated $50,000 and many celebrities have made donations.
“At this point, it’s a serious matter. I think the people are in bad shape and they need help. I’m going to lead the charge and step up in this way,” Hart added.