ADN Compilation: Hurricane Harvey Donations…from the Ordinary to the Celebrity
By Ami Tiel September 1, 2017
When a disaster hits our great States of America, the hatred and politics fall to the humanity and generosity of our fellow Americans. The backs straighten, the hearts open and the resolve strengthens to help those affected. The unselfish acts of the Louisiana Cajun Navy, Oathkeepers and others are testaments to this. Patriots converged on stricken areas. Droves of local hunters and fishermen hook up their boats, fill their gas cans and depart for unknown waters to provide life saving assistance in many cases before the government officials can even allocate resources. They don’t ask for donation and would refuse if you offered anyway (See LOUISIANA CAJUN NAVY Official FB page and OATHKEEPERS website link below). They are in it to make a difference and save folks lives. Simple as that. We have seen them deploy for Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, The Great Flood of 2016 in Baton Rouge and other major disasters and this week, they convoyed to Texas by the thousands to rescue their neighbors.
After the people and pets are saved and the waters receded, the hardest part begins. The Road to Recovery. For many, this time is heart breaking because of the extent of damage that has occurred. The daunting task of even basic essentials; drinking water, a warm meal, baby diapers, hygiene items, a change of clothes are hard to come by. This is where the donations come in. Housewives, sports teams, co-workers across our country come together for fundraisers, donation drives and money collections to contribute any and every way possible. Truckloads of bottled water, armfuls of plate lunches and a dry place to sleep are the second wave. The mind reels at the enormity of the job ahead. Where to begin and which way to go. For many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, hand to mouth and grasping the financial burden that has occurred in their lives overnight, is more than they can bear.
This is where the third wave strikes. The money. Time and again, we’ve seen tens of millions of dollars pledged from super rich celebrities, sports figures, everyday Joes and Janes and corporate America. Hurricane Harvey is no different. Below are several examples of that generosity. Starting with President Trump donated 1 million dollars of his own money to Texas. We can’t fix all the problems a natural disaster brings, but we sure can MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
President Donald Trump to Donate $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Efforts
By: Corinne Heller Aug 31, 2017
President Donald Trump will donate $1 million of his own money to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced the news at a briefing to reporters Thursday, days after record flooding from the storm in Houston killed at least 35 people and drove tens of thousands out of their homes.
“I am happy to tell you that [Trump] would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people that we have seen across this country do. He’s pledging $1 million of personal money to the fund,” Sanders told White House reporters.
“And he’s actually asked that I check with the folks in this room, since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that are best and most effective in helping and providing aid and he’d love some suggestions from the folks here and I’d be happy to take those if any of you have them,” she said.
“Thank you to all of the brave first responders and volunteers from around the United States helping with the ongoing rescue and relief efforts in Texas,” the president tweeted Thursday.
Donald J. Trump Verified account @realDonaldTrump Yesterday
Thank you to all of the brave first responders and volunteers from around the United States helping with the ongoing rescue and relief efforts in Texas.
Louisiana Cajun Navy
We respectfully ask that you not send us any donations at this time, as our needs for this mission are being met. Please reach out to your local churches and emergency personnel, as they will be dealing with long term recovery for quite some time, and are often the overlooked heroes. Hot food, a kind word or prayer, or monetary donations will be of tremendous help to them. Thank you for your support and God bless!
Updated: Urgent! Oath Keepers Call To Action to Deploy to Texas to Help With Flood Relief and Rescue
CALL TO ACTION UPDATED 8-30-2017
Oath Keepers, and all other dedicated patriots,
You are needed in Texas to help our brother and sister Americans who are now dealing with a Katrina level event flood. They are deep under water in Houston and a growing number of nearby towns and cities, and they need our help.
Alamogordo youth collect donations for Hurricane Harvey victims
By: Jacqueline Devine August 31, 2017
A resident hands over a cash donation to Valentina Martinez, 5, to go towards the Hurricane Harvey Relief started by a group of local kids. The kids stood outside of Wal-Mart Thursday and collected donations to be sent off Friday. (Photo: Jacqueline Devine/Daily News)
Companies have pledged $113 million to relief efforts as of Thursday afternoon, according to an estimate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Fifty-two companies had donated $1 million or more as of Thursday (included below).
Walmart has pledged up to $20 million in cash, products and matching donations.
NFL Houston Texans player’s have raised over $11 million thru JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund
Verizon alone contributed $10 million
Employee donation matching programs announced so far could bring in an additional $6 million
including Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart generously and thoughtfully presented us with a surprise donation of $1,000,000 each, Amy Adams Strunk and the Tennessee Titans Organization for their incredibly generous $1 million donation
Toyota is pledging $3 million to Harvey relief, including cash contributions to the St. Bernard Project and American Red Cross
Waste Management announced a $3 million donation to various organizations, including the Houston Mayor’s Fund and the Red Cross
ConocoPhillips is making a $2.5 million donation to both the Red Cross and the United Way of Greater Houston
Sprint and SoftBank are donating $2.5 million in cash to support the Red Cross, Sprint employees affected by Harvey and other community relief efforts
NRG Energy: The Houston-based company is donating $1 million to organizations including the Greater Houston Community Foundation, the Red Cross and the J.J. Watt Foundation Houston Flood Relief Fund. NRG also says its providing another $1 million in community support and customer assistance.
Apple: The tech giant made a $2 million donation to the Red Cross
IBM is donating $2 million in cash and in-kind technology and services
Camping World: The retailer will match customer donations up to $2 million made in stores to the Red Cross
Tegna the broadcasting company launched Texas Cares, an initiative to support Harvey victims for employees and customers. The fund has raised over $1.5 million
Whataburger: Texas burger-chain Whataburger said it is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross and $500,000 to local food banks. The company said it is also donating $1 million to the Whataburger Family Foundation, which it says “provides emergency assistance to Whataburger Family Members who are experiencing an unforeseen financial hardship.”
Sandra Bullock, an Austin, Texas native, has pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross
Intercontinental Exchange is making a $1 million contribution to the Red Cross
International Paper has pledged $1 million to help with disaster relief efforts
Abbott and its foundation the Abbott Fund are giving $1 million in grants and healthcare and nutrition products.
The Coca-Cola Foundation pledged $1 million to the Red Cross
Carnival Cruise Line and the Carnival Foundation are donating $1 million to disaster relief efforts. Carnival Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine are also contributing $1 million from their foundation.
Leonardo DiCaprio donated $1 million through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, a privately-funded nonprofit.
Rachael Ray announced on Tuesday that she will be donating $1 million raised by her foundation to benefit animal rescue
The Walt Disney Co. pledged $1,000,000 in cash to American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund
Phillips 66 will contribute $1 million to the Red Cross
Facebook followed suit by announcing a plan to match funds raised on the social media platform up to $1 million
Tyler Perry donated $1 million to organizations he trusted would deliver goods directly to the people who needed it most — with a portion going to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.
Amazon: Amazon and Whole Foods will match cash donations made on Amazon.com up to $1 million to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is donating $1 million to support Harvey relief efforts
The Boeing Charitable Trust committed $1 million to the Red Cross
Dow Chemical Company Foundation is contributing $1 million to support Harvey relief
UPS Foundation has pledged $1 million to Harvey relief efforts. UPS will donate an additional $500,000 in cash and assistance for the post-crisis recovery phase in the coming months
McDonald’s the fast-food giant will contribute $1 million to the Red Cross
Cheniere Energy will make a $1 million donation to the Red Cross
Valero the oil company announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross
PetSmart Charities is giving $1 million to help animal welfare agencies that are working to rescue, relocate and care for pets that have become homeless due to the storm. These organizations include the Houston SPCA, the SPCA of Texas, Rescue Bank and Houston PetSet.
PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation gave a $1 million grant to the Red Cross
Shell announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund
FedEx committed $1 million in cash and transportation support to deliver medical aid and supplies
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation is donating $1 million to the Red Cross
Citi Foundation has committed a $1 million donation to the Red Cross
JP Morgan Chase donated $1 million to the Red Cross
TechnipFMC the oil and gas projects company is donating $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston
Home Depot committed $1 million to help storm relief efforts
Lennar the homebuilder donated $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund
UnitedHealth announced a donation of $1 million to support Texas communities impacted by the storm
HCA Healthcare donated $1 million to the American Red Cross
Jefferies Investment bank announced a $1 million donation to several charities aiding in the relief effort. On Thursday, the firm said its clients, employees and shareholders contributed $5 million to 14 organizations.
Mattress Firm: The Houston-based mattress retailer started an employee assistance fund and contributed the first $25,000. Mattress Firm will also match employee donations up to $100,000. The company is also giving $1 million in products
BP and the BP Foundation have donated $750,000 to assist with relief efforts
Wells Fargo is donating $500,000 to both the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and to local nonprofits focused on relief efforts in Texas
Exxon Mobil: Exxon Mobil on Friday said it’s donating $500,000 to Red Cross organizations along the U.S. Gulf Coast to aid with relief efforts. On Tuesday, the company contributed $500,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston
Hilton is donating $500,000 to the Red Cross
Kohl’s announced a $500,000 donation to the Red Cross
Comcast NBCUniversal is giving $500,000 toward the Houston Mayors’ Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the Red Cross
Nationwide Foundation is giving $500,000 to Red Cross Disaster Relief
Lowe’s announced a $500,000 contribution to American Red Cross Disaster Relief
New York Life is donating $500,000 to support Harvey relief efforts
Miley Cyrus has pledged $500,00 from her Happy Hippie Foundation
Motiva the Houston-based oil company pledged $500,000 to organizations such as the Houston mayor’s Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund and the Red Cross
Dell has pledged $500,000 the American Red Cross and Team Rubicon
Target is donating $500,000 to support Harvey recovery efforts
Samsung’s U.S. subsidiaries are donating $500,000 to the Red Cross. The company is also giving $500,000 worth of products, such as washing machines, dryers, laptops and tablets, to nonprofits
TD Ameritrade will match employee and client donations up to $500,000 to the Red Cross
General Mills is donating more than $500,000 in food donations
TXU Energy the company is giving $500,000 to assist customers who need help paying their electric bills in areas affected by Harvey
Discover will match donations up to $500,000 for every cardholder who donates to the Red Cross
GE Foundation has donated $500,000 to the Red Cross
Southwest Airlines donated $500,000 to the Red Cross
Panda Express, the company’s foundation Panda Cares will donate $500,000, divided between the American Red Cross and the Tzu-Chi Foundation.
Kardashian family promised $500,000 to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army
Ross Stores made a $400,000 donation to the Red Cross
AT&T: AT&T is contributing $350,000 to help communities following the storm, including $100,000 to the Greater Houston Community Fund, $100,000 to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund and $50,000 to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in South Texas.
Hurricane Harvey LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund Donations2Date: $313,432
The Caterpillar Foundation donated $300,000 to the Red Cross
Google is making a $250,000 Google.org grant to the Red Cross
Eli Lilly is contributing $250,000 to the Red Cross
The MetLife Foundation will donate $250,000 to the Red Cross
Starbucks Foundation donated $250,000 to the Red Cross
Union Pacific has pledged $250,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
PNC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PNC bank, will contribute $250,000 to the Red Cross
Bristol-Myers Squibb donating $250,000 to Americares, Direct Relief International and the Red Cross
BBVA Compass’ foundation will contribute $250,000 to the Red Cross and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Humana gave a $250,000 immediate grant to the Red Cross
Taylor Morrison the homebuilder has donated a combined $250,000 to the Red Cross Harvey Fund and to an internal Harvey relief fund
CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation announced $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations
SABIC the Saudi chemical manufacturing company donated $200,000 to the Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region
LyondellBasell the chemical company donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region
Drake donates $200,000 to J.J. Watt’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The Coach Foundation has committed $200,000 to the Red Cross
United Rentals is pledging $200,000 to the Red Cross
Walgreens pledged $200,000 to the Red Cross
Albertsons: The food and drug retailer is matching the first $200,000 donated by its customers in stores and online
United Airlines will give up to three million bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross or AmeriCares. United (UAL) will also match the first $200,000 raised in donations on its crowdfunding campaign
Exelon the utility company is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories has contributed $150,000 to the Red Cross
The Reynolds American Foundation contributed $150,000 to the Red Cross
Stanley Black & Decker announced a commitment of up to $125,000 for immediate disaster relief
NuStar Energy is giving $125,000 to Red Cross, $75,000 to Salvation Army and $50,000 to the San Antonio Food Bank. The Greehey Family Foundation, which was started by NuStar Chairman Bill Greehey, is also giving the same amount to each group
The Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $100,000 to disaster relief efforts in Texas
Microsoft announced a $100,000 grant to the Red Cross. The tech giant is also contributing another $2.5 million in cash, technology and services to support relief efforts and to aid nonprofit and public-sector organizations.
Sealed Air is making a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross
TransCanada the energy infrastructure company made a $100,000 contribution to the Red Cross
MasterCard donated $100,000 to the Red Cross
Pioneer Natural Resources contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross
Rockwell Collins has pledged $100,000 to the Red Cross
Honda has pledged $100,00 to the Red Cross
Oncor the Dallas-based utilities company has contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross
The Kroger Co. Foundation committed $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank
Orbital ATK the aerospace and defense company is giving $100,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston
NextEra Energy is contributing $100,000 to the Red Cross
SunTrust Foundation (STI) announced a $100,000 grant to the Red Cross
H‑E‑B Grocery will donate $100,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
Comerica, the Dallas-based bank will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross
Bayer is donating $100,000 each to the Red Cross and nonprofit Direct Relief.
Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, will make a $100,000 donation to Houston Habitat for Humanity, the Houston Humane Society, Save the Children and Shelterbox
Texas Instruments is making a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross
CarMax and its foundation are pledging $100,000 to the Red Cross
The Southern Company Charitable Foundation will give $100,000 to the Red Cross
The Cigna Foundation is contributing $100,000 to the Red Cross
American Express: American Express is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross. It will match up to $100,000 in employee donations to the Red Cross.
BMO Financial contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross.
Kellogg is committing $100,000 to nonprofit Feeding America to aid disaster relief efforts
QVC is making a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross
Range Resources the oil and gas company announced a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross
The Allergan Foundation said it will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross
RBC Bank is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross
Bank BB&T is giving $100,000 to the Red Cross
Regions Bank is donating $100,000 to support relief efforts
Chris Brown promised $100,000 “will go to the people!”
The Aetna Foundation announced a $100,000 contribution to both the American Red Cross and the Community Foundation of Greater Houston. It will also donate $50,000 to nonprofit Team Rubicon
Amgen: Amgen, a biopharmaceutical company, is donating $80,000 to Direct Relief International and $20,000 to the American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program to help dialysis patients impacted by the storm.
Sempra Energy Foundation will contribute $75,000 each to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and nonprofit Americares
Dollar General is donating $50,000 to the Red Cross.
Demi Lovato, who tweeted that she donated $50,000 to a CrowdRise campaign
Kansas City Southern Railroad will donate $50,000 to the Red Cross
Campbell Soup made a $50,000 contribution to the Red Cross and United Way of Greater Houston
Kindred Healthcare is making a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross
PenFed Credit Union will donate $50,000 to the Red Cross Corpus Christi and Houston chapters
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will match employee donations up to $50,000
Under Armour donated $50,000 to assist Team Rubicon in response to Harvey.
Andersen: The manufacturer of windows and doors is making a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross. It will also match up to $25,000 in employee contributions.
Hillary Duff donated $40,000 to the relief efforts, splitting her donation between the Red Cross and the Houston Food Bank
Western Union the money transfer company’s foundation announced a $30,000 donation to the Red Cross
Kevin Hart also issued a $1 million challenge on social media for Red Cross’ Harvey relief after pledging $50,000 himself: I’m calling this the Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge….Lets go @therock @beyonce @chrisrock Jay Z Dave Chappelle @jerryseinfeild @iamsteveharveytv @justintimberlake #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge #prayforhouston …..I am getting a link together now people. Help me help Houston….
Pledged $25,000 Donation to American Red Cross
Country singer Chris Young
Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles
Jamie Foxx, is donating $25,000 to the non-profit GlobalGiving.
Direct Energy donations up to $25,000 to the Red Cross
Pentair Foundation made a $25,000 donation to the Red Cross
J.C. Penney is donating $25,000 to the Red Cross
MillerCoors is pledging at least $25,000 to the Red Cross. The company also sent 50,000 cans of drinking water to Texas
Stream Energy the Dallas-based home energy and wireless provider, donated $25,000 through its philanthropic arm Stream Cares to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
FirstEnergy, the company’s foundation will donate $25,000 to the Red Cross and match employee contributions up to $50,000
Tenet Healthcare Foundation contributed $20,000 to the Red Cross
Pledged $10,000 Donations
Radio-show host Bobby Bones along with St. Jude Pimpin’ Joy fundraiser and a special Texas Forever t-shirt, proceeds donation of $10,000
Jack Antonoff also said he will match up to $10,000 in donations to Montrose’s Hurricane Harvey LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund in Houston
Ruby Rose offered to match Antonoff’s donations in addition to gifting $10,000.
Private Amounts Donated
Beyonce’ BeyGOOD Foundation is working with Bread of Life and the Greater Houston Community Foundation for private donations
Lady Antebellum band donated all of the money it made from merchandise sales at the show to relief efforts, after nixing a scheduled tour stop in Houston.
Texas’ Josh Abbott Band have also introduced a special My Texas t-shirt through their charity
Rock band Fall Out Boy announced on Wednesday that proceeds from the Houston leg of their “Mania” concert tour will be donated to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
ABC’s Houston O&O KTRK-TV also plans an on-air fundraising effort
“Hamilton” star Renée Elise Goldsberry also pledged to donate.
Selena Gomez, though she didn’t specify the exact amount she contributed, announced that she was donating to hurricane relief, and implored her fans to do the same.
Lady GAGA Praying for Houston what a special place. Making relief donations and sending.
Oprah Winfrey announced that she’d donated without specifying just how much she gave
Solange announced a special benefit concert to aid victims, with all proceeds going toward Houston relief efforts.
Followup article: Where Do The Hurricane Harvey Donations GO? coming soon