Drake gives to Houston. After pledging to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Toronto rapper has donated $200,000 to relief efforts.
Taking to Instagram, Aubrey Graham delivered a message of hope for H-Town, his home away from home. “To the resilient people of Houston and the entire state of Texas, I would like to send you all of our love and all of our prayers,” he said. “To the brave men and women that have assisted in aide, relief, and rescue, your actions are truly heroic.”
Drake chose to donate his $200,000 via a fundraising page set up by his friend, Houston Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt. “The journey to rebuilding is going to be a long one,” added Drake. “So anything you can give is greatly appreciated.”
On Monday, Drizzy said he was working to help out in the area from a distance. “We are currently overseas in London and all I can think about is how devastated I am as I look at images of the damage Hurricane Harvey has caused,” he said. “I am praying for the safety of all those affected. Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years.”
“Myself and @futuretheprince are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in the most immediate way possible,” he added. “I also want to thank all the men and women of service and volunteers for their courageous efforts to help people in need. I encourage everyone to do what they can to assist the people of Texas knowing whatever effort you can make to help will go a long way.”
Thanks in part to Drake’s donation, J.J. Watt’s YouCaring page has already surpassed the $10 million marker. Over the weekend, the NFL star began the page with a $200,000 goal. “$10 MILLION,” Watt wrote on Instagram. “Absolutely incredible. The most difficult times bring out the best in humanity.”
Many other celebrities, including Chris Brown, Beyoncé, The Rock, Kevin Hart, and Nicki Minaj, have also donated towards relief in the Gulf Coast of Texas, which has been devastated by catastrophic floods, where at least 39 people have died. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers find more bodies underwater.