Cast member Sandra Bullock attends the premiere of "Our Brand Is Crisis" in Los Angeles on October 26, 2015. The actress has donated $1 million to help those impacted by last week's Tropical Storm Harvey and flooding in Texas. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The American Red Cross says Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the organization to help the thousands of people impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey.
"I'm just grateful I can do it. We have to take care of one another," the Virginia native, who now lives in Louisiana, said in a statement Monday.
"Thousands of people have had to be rescued, and we are in the beginning of a massive relief effort, providing safe shelter and comfort for those forced from their homes. The American Red Cross is on the ground now and will be there for weeks to come, working alongside our partners to coordinate response efforts," said Brad Kieserman, vice president of Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross.
Texas-born, pop music icon Beyonce has promised to assist as many Harvey victims as possible.
"My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help," she said in a statement to The Houston Chronicle. "I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor [Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston] to implement a plan to help as many as we can."
New Yorkers Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez donated $50,000 and are encouraging others to do the same.
"Please help by donating what you can! Link above... God bless Houston," Lopez captioned an Instagram video in which she, sitting on beau Rodriguez's lap, said: "Our hearts are just breaking for all the families that are displaced. It's just devastating and we just want to do our part to help."
"We're praying for you and God bless all of you," Rodriguez told "all the great families in distress down in Houston."