*Officials in Texas say Hurricane Harvey could force more than 30,000 people into shelters, with flooding still threatening to swallow more streets and neighborhoods in Houston and nearby areas. In response, Kevin Hart is trying to rally his rich celebrity friends to donate money toward assisting the victims and rescuers.
The comedian has given $25,000 toward the cause, and has filmed a video calling on Dwayne Johnson, Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Jerry Seinfeld to match his donation.
“I think we participated in a lot of challenges on the Internet, some meaningful, some meaningless, but we’ve all done them,” Hart said in the video posted Instagram. “At this point I’m going to start a real challenge. I’m challenging a lot of my celebrity friends to follow my lead and donate $25,000 to Hurricane Harvey, to the Red Cross.”
He continued, “At this point, it’s a serious matter. I think the people are in bad shape and they need help. I’m going to lead the charge and step up in this way.”
“I think when you do it you should tag someone else,” Hart instructed. “Prayers go out to Houston.”
The Houston Police Chief said 2,000 people have been rescued from flooding in the city, with 185 requests for help pending, according to The Associated Press.