“Look for the helpers” – Celebrities helping out amid Texas storm

The unprecedented Texas weather due to Winter Storm Uri has left millions of Americans in a state of emergency without power, heat, and basic supplies. CNN reported that “nearly half of Texans remain under boil-water advisories as water scarcity and freezing temperatures continue.” According to The Dallas Morning News, freezing temperatures of the Texas winter storm caused a horrific 133 car accident earlier this week, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries. Across the state, Texans have seen damages to their homes and businesses due to bursting water pipes.

During times of uncertainty, it’s natural to feel powerless or scared––but there is always good to be found, even when things are scary.

We turn to this quote from Fred Rogers:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Rogers was right. Here are just a few of the celebrity helpers using their power for good during times of hardship.

Beyoncé

Houston native Beyoncé’s Ivy Park line dropped today, but she’s still finding time to do some good amid the devastation of the Texas Winter Storm Uri. Beyoncé’s charity BeyGOOD partnered with Adidas and Houston non-profit Bread of Life to help Texas residents who were affected by the deadly winter storms.


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The partnership is committed to providing financial relief for Texans, up to $1,000 per resident. Texas residents can sign up for assistance here

Alyssa Milano

Celebrity activist, actor, and producer Alyssa Milano is regularly sharing resources and ways to help with the Texas winter storm on both Instagram and Twitter, plus nightly check-ins asking for Texans to share how they’re doing:

Milano also attempted to use her platform to reach out to Ted Cruz about the government’s mismanagement of the crisis:

President Joe Biden

POTUS Joe Biden declared states of emergency in the states affected by the winter storms, including Texas and Oklahoma. Biden authorized FEMA to provide generators and supplies to the affected communities as well, getting on the phone with Texas governor Greg Abbott to determine how else the federal government can support the state during this difficult time:

Biden also retweeted resources for Texans without heat, urging them to call 211 or go to  http://tdem.texas.gov/warm to find a warming shelter near them.

Matthew McConaughey

Actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey tweeted his prayers and support: “I am sending prayers of resilience and the humanity of the helping hand out to all Texans that are struggling with the freeze.”

He said he has reached out to Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Austin Urban League, and BGCAustin to help support on-the-ground efforts, and encourages his Twitter followers to do the same.

McConaughey and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott are also providing meals to individuals and families at a Dallas weather shelter. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 

After helping to raise over $2 million in aid for Texas nonprofits, U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is flying down to Texas this weekend to visit with Houston congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia to highlight what’s happening on the ground.

AOC notes that “charity isn’t a replacement for good governance, but we won’t turn away from helping people in need when things hit the fan.”

Kacey Musgraves

Singer Kacey Musgraves designed a CRUZIN’ FOR A BRUZIN’ t-shirt, calling out politician Ted Cruz’s decision to escape to Cancun with his family. Musgraves is donating all of the profits to Texans in need.

The Slow Burn singer is not afraid to speak out against Cruz. As Musgraves says, inspired by the lyrics of her hit song, “Texas is cold, I can be cold.”

According to her Friday Instagram post, Musgraves is already halfway to her $100K goal for Texans in need.


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Now through Sunday, you can buy the shirt here with proceeds going to Feed The People Dallas, Casa Marianella, and the American Red Cross of Central & South Texas.

Jonathan Van Ness

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness let fans know they are safe, urging their followers to donate to mutual aid funds if able:


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Reese Witherspoon

Hollywood celeb Reese Witherspoon asked her followers to join her by supporting causes like Feed the People Dallas Mutual Aid and BIPOC-led abolitionist collective Mutual Aid Houston that are aiding the communities in need:

Chrissy Tiegen

Self-proclaimed “de-motivational speaker” Chrissy Tiegen is well-loved for her lack of filter on Twitter, but her tweets aren’t always stream-of-conscious tidbits. The Hollywood celeb put a call out to her 13.7 million Twitter followers to share good ways to help Texas:

David Henrie

Wizards of Waverly Place actor David Henrie extended his support to families with kids in need of somewhere to stay. Him and his wife have offered to pay for hotel stays.

Henrie also chatted back to some people asking for help including a pregnant woman named Alondra.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington listed ways to help Texas residents by donation, volunteering, spreading awareness, and of course, prayer.

Celeb pal Viola Davis reshared Washington’s post, too, along with this quote in honor of the late novelist Toni Morrison’s birthday, which feels especially relevant right now:


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James Van Der Beek

Entertainment Tonight reported that Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek shared a series of videos on his Instagram Stories urging his followers to donate to food banks and reach out to anyone they may know in Texas.

He shared a post on his Instagram saying:

“Super grateful for the utilities that we have working today, have a whole new appreciation for the ones that aren’t, and thinking much more strategically about self-reliance than I ever have before.”

Bethenny Frankel

Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel is using her non-profit BStrong in partnership with disaster relief non-profit Global Empowerment Mission to distribute emergency aid to Texans across the state. 

Frankel shared several updates, saying to her fans “YOU have literally been the heroes in all of these disaster relief efforts, digging deep when it’s hardest to do so. #thisisacrisis within a crisis.” 

So far, BStrong and Global Empowerment Mission have a goal to transport $540,000 in aid, remaining super transparent with her followers about how exactly donations will be used:

Jenna Bush Hager

Texas native and TODAY co-host Jenna Bush Hager recently shared some additional ways to help people affected by the storm including donating food, clothing and water to the Salvation Army. She told her TODAY with Hoda & Jenna co-host Hoda Kotb that the last few days have been “really, really difficult” as she caught up with family and friends from Texas. 

Hager also shared on Instagram ways to help, using the hashtag #LoveThyNeighbor, which according to TODAY, is being used to support the Austin Area Urban League in helping people with shelter and hotel rooms.

Dr. Tiffany Moon

Real Housewives of Dallas star Dr. Tiffany Moon is actively working to house over 100 displaced women and children from a Dallas shelter:

Other Hollywood celebrities showing their support amid the dangerous Texas weather include Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, and Patricia Arquette.

Yogi, Youtube star, and Texas native Adriene Mishler shared ways to support in an Instagram post, saying that “I don’t even know where to begin but my homestate is hurting hard right now and we so appreciate your attention and help.”

Bravo host Andy Cohen extended his thoughts and concerns to Texans on Twitter, mentioning journalist Dan Rather in his tweet. Dan Rather responded that “a full community effort is needed for help.”

You can be a helper, too. Check out this CNN article for ways to help Texans right now.

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