The people of Texas are in need of any help that they can possibly get this week, as Hurricane Harvey’s impact continues to create chaos across the state.
Coming ashore as an ultra powerful category 4 storm late on Friday night, Harvey has now parked itself over the Lone Star State. Particularly affected by this stalling storm has been the major metropolis of Houston, where the storm’s most egregious effects may still be days away. Dams and reservoirs in the area are stressed to their breaking points, and fear of Katrina-esque failures are well-founded.
Further complicating the rescue efforts have been armed mobs of looters, hellbent on turning this tragedy into an illicit payday for themselves, taking their criminal activity so far as to open fire against civilian rescue teams who are frantically searching for survivors.
The Red Cross is doing all that they can, along with FEMA, but the scope of the damage and the coming trouble is absolutely unfathomable. A number of private citizens are hoping to assist, including some Hollywood celebrities including comedian Kevin Hart, who challenged his fellow Tinsel Town friends to do the same.
One such samaritan is former professional wrestler and high paid Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“The Rock has stepped up to the plate in a big way, accepting Kevin Hart‘s challenge and donating $25k to the Houston relief effort, but in the process he made a point about calling out celebs by name.
“Kevin donated $50k a few days ago and then called out The Rock, Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Jerry Seinfeld … challenging them to donate big bucks.
“The Rock knows what hurricanes can do … he has personal experience.”
That last quip is a reference to Johnson’s time on the Miami Hurricanes football team during his college days.
In the days to come, we hope to see a great many more of our nation’s famous folk helping out in any way that they can. The images and stories coming out of Texas, and Houston in particular, are absolutely devastating, and will likely not turn any more cheerful in the coming days as rain continues to bombard the city and state.