Jamie Foxx is responding to Hurricane Harvey’s devastating impact on Houston by hosting a telethon.
Foxx, who was born in Terrell, Texas, announced the big news via Instagram, writing, “Just wanted to let everyone in Texas know, we got you.”
“From a fellow Texan, my heart goes out. My prayers go out. Sept. 12 we have a telethon that we’re doing. We’ll give you more details, so we can raise as much money as we can for everybody down there,” the actor continued, revealing that he’s donated $25,000 to GlobalGiving, a non-profit organization that provides a global crowdfunding platform for grassroots charitable projects.
According to TMZ, the telethon will take place simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, Tennessee, airing on all the major networks for one hour. The star-studded event is reportedly being organized by Houston rapper Bun B and music manager Scooter Braun, who produced Ariana Grande’s One Love show in Manchester, according to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon and Blake Shelton will head the Nashville hour, with Foxx and tentatively Hilary Duff — who was born in Houston — hosting from sunny Los Angeles.
Stars such as Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson and most notably Sandra Bullock, who donated $1 million to the Red Cross on Tuesday, have already donated to Hurricane Harvey relief.
On Sunday, Hart, 38, announced via Instagram that he’d donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross and asked that megastars including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Jerry Seinfeld, among others, do the same.
“This is a serious matter,” Hart said in the brief video clip. “I think the people are in bad shape and they need help. I’m going to lead the charge and step it up in this way.”
Though overseas in London, rapper Drake also extended a helping hand. “We are currently overseas in London and all I can think about is how devastated I am as I look at images of the damage Hurricane Harvey has caused,” he wrote via Instagram.
“I am praying for the safety of all those affected. Houston has truly been a home to me over the last eight years. Myself and @futuretheprince are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in any way we can and in the most immediate way possible. I also want to thank all the men and women of service and volunteers for their courageous efforts to help people in need. I encourage everyone to do what they can to assist the people of Texas knowing whatever effort you can make to help will go a long way.”