Hollywood Star Donates $1M to Hurricane Harvey Support, But $250K Goes to Joel Osteen!
Well, what do you think of this? Unless you've been living in a cave all week, you know two things: One, that Hurricane Harvey has been devastating, mostly due to the severe flooding. As of the writing
Well, what do you think of this?
Unless you’ve been living in a cave all week, you know two things:
One, that Hurricane Harvey has been devastating, mostly due to the severe flooding. As of the writing of this article, the death toll has reached 44 people, and continues to climb. Beyond the death toll, thousands if not millions have been displaced from their homes, out of food and shelter, and will take months to rebuild their lives.
Two, you know that Joel Osteen, TV preacher and head of the 16,500 member Lakewood mega church in Houston, TX, has taken major heat for not opening his building to flood victims and then changing his story 3 times as to why that was.
Now for some good news.
Celebrities have been stepping it up big time on donations to the relief efforts.
According to the ChicagoTribune, here is a current list of all celebrities who have donated, and the amounts of each donation:
— Sandra Bullock, $1 million to the American Red Cross
— Leonardo DiCaprio, $1 million to the new United Way Harvey Recovery Fund
— Tyler Perry, $250,000 to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, $250,000 to Beyonce’s pastor Rudy Rasmus and his Bread of Life organization and is assessing how to donate another $500,000 to Harvey relief
— Miley Cyrus, $500,000 to the American Red Cross, Best Friends, the Greater Houston Community Fund and other charities
— Solange, all earnings from her Sept. 28 show in Boston to those affected by Harvey, as well as $3 from each ticket from her Oct. 3 show in New York
— The Kardashian family, $250,000 each to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army
— Country singer Chris Young, $100,000 to the American Red Cross
— Fall Out Boy, all proceeds from their Nov. 7 show in Houston would go to Harvey relief
— Kevin Hart, $50,000 to the American Red Cross
— “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles, $50,000 to Random Acts
— The Chainsmokers, $30,000 to the American Red Cross
— Ellen DeGeneres, $25,000 to the American Red Cross and SPCA Texas
— D.J. Khaled, $25,000 to the American Red Cross
— Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $25,000 to the American Red Cross
— Jennifer Lopez, $25,000 to the American Red Cross
— Alex Rodriguez, $25,000 to the American Red Cross
— Wendy Williams, $25,000 to the American Red Cross
— The Texas Tenors, all of the sales from their new single, “Rise,” to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
There’s one name in that list that is making headlines today. Tyler Perry.
Why? His $1M donation is certainly generous, but people are questioning where it’s going. You see, he’s decided that the best use of that money is to send $250,000 of it to Joel Osteen’s church.
That’s right, here are more details, from AOL.com:
Of the $1 million Tyler Perry is donating to Hurricane Harvey relief funds, $250,000 of that will go to Joel Osteen’s church — the same church that has been plagued with controversy in recent days.
“I was trying to find the right charity to donate to because in the past, I have given millions and millions of dollars to charities and was just really disheartened to find out the money I had given didn’t actually get to the people,” Perry said in a Facebook video, posted Thursday. “I know there’s been controversy about Joel Osteen and him not opening the doors of the church. Joel and Victoria are amazing people, there’s no way they would love people out of the church or not let people seek shelter.”
He added, “There were some safety concerns, and I spoke to them on the phone and it all make perfect sense to me. So, before you just run and judge someone real quick, you need to know the whole circumstances.”
Perry will divide his $1 million donation into four parts — Lakewood Church will receive $250,000, and Perry explained he is also giving funds to Beyonce’s pastor. The remaining funds will go to charities he hasn’t decided on yet.
You’ll note in there that Beyonce’s pastor also gets $250,000. I guess it’s good to be a pastor to the stars!
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