Sandra Bullock pledges $1 million to help Red Cross effort in Houston

01 September, 2017, 02:07 | Author: Colin Gill
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The Oscar-winning actress made a sizeable donation of $1 million to the Red Cross relief effort, now working to help the thousands of victims who have been injured and displaced by the tragic flooding.

"The folks I work for are very, very attentive to cost effectiveness and cost efficiencies in making sure that as much as every dollar that we spend on an operation is client-facing", said Kieserman.

"One of the things this disaster shows is that it's important to have resilience", she says. "It's been a tragic weekend, and unfortunately, the worst is yet to come".

WXII 12 News and the Western North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross is partnering to host a "Telethon for Texas" on Tuesday.

People can give directly to the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund by visiting and clicking the "Give Now" button or scanning the QR code from the posters. Millions of people are facing flash flood warnings, including the entire Houston metro area which is under a flash flood emergency. "Especially during times of disaster, people see what's happening in Texas and our hearts all go out to them", Elizabeth Penniman, Vice President of Communications for American Red Cross national headquarters, tells PEOPLE.

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Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate Texas, with torrential rain and catastrophic flooding predicted to last several more days. "I'm not going to call out my celebrity friends - you guys already know what to do in terms of donating money".

Kieserman said that as of Wednesday morning the Red Cross had spent $50 million on Harvey relief, mainly on 232 shelters for 66,000 people.

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Both spokespeople added that further relief efforts are also appreciated if possible.

"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". The Red Cross is mobilizing its disaster partners to support feeding, child care, disaster assessment and other disaster services. "Once we're able to get people back to their homes, or what used to be their homes, then we'll get into some additional assistance the Red Cross will provide", Salemme said.



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