Beyonce And Drake Send Powerful Message To Hurricane Harvey Victims

Beyonce And Drake Send Powerful Message To Hurricane Harvey Victims

The entertainers gave heartwarming speeches during the Hand in Hand telethon.

Published September 13th

In the wake of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Hollywood's elite have collectively joined forces to help those impacted by the tropical storm. Leading the charge, Houston's hometown hero Bun B organized the Hand in Hand telethon to raise aid for hurricane victims. 

In addition to raising over $40M in one night and boasting a star-studded roster, the televised event featured heartfelt speeches from both Beyoncé and Drake

On Tuesday night (Sept. 12), the entertainers addressed the devastation of the hurricane and urged viewers as well as fans to partake in the donation efforts. “These days it seems as one issue is ending, another is beginning,” Drake began his moving speech. “I know it can be extremely overwhelming."

"But your attention and your assistance is of extreme importance," he continued. "On some days it will be about speaking up, on other days, it’ll be about stepping up. In today’s case, we’re asking you to give. Give whatever you can.”

Drizzy joins the likes of several rappers who have donated lofty amounts to support the city of Houston. Last month, the More Life artist contributed $200,000 to football star J.J. Watts' YOUCARING foundation. 

Bey's hearfelt appeal shed light on the country's current climate along with a reminder that the effects of global warming shouldn't be taken lightly by our government. "During a time where it's impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in their country, just when you think it couldn't possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives," the singer's message began, before turning her attention to the needs of storm survivors.

"People need food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers and formula for babies. And of course, clean water," she continued. "The elderly need wheelchairs and kids need books and toys so that they can continue to dream."

"Natural disasters don't discriminate. They don't see if you're an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor," she said. "We're all in this together."

Watch Beyoncé's riveting speech below. 

Written by Kai Miller

(Photos from Left: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic, George Pimentel/WireImage)

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