Sandra Bullock's $1 Million Donation To Hurricane Harvey Relief Only Scratches The Surface Of Her Generosity

"We have to take care of one another."

Sandra Bullock has joined the growing list of stars who have donated or raised money for Hurricane Harvey relief. The Red Cross reportedly confirmed that the Oscar-winning actress has pledged $1 million dollars to the organization's relief efforts.

Elizabeth Penniman, vice president of communications for American Red Cross national headquarters, told People that Bullock's donation is "an incredible gift," adding, "Having someone like Sandra Bullock make this kind of commitment, it helps bring people together and open their hearts and be even more generous."



"I'm just grateful I can do it," Bullock, who has a home in Texas, said in a statement. "We have to take care of one another." 

She also shared her hope that the country will be able to come together at this divisive time to care for those affected by the storm in Houston and surrounding areas. "There are no politics in eight feet of water," she said. "There are human beings in eight feet of water."

Although $1 million is incredibly generous on its own, this isn't the first time Bullock has shown her charitable heart during difficult times for the country and throughout the world. According to E! News, the actress has already donated $5 million to the Red Cross since 2001 "to help out with relief efforts after various disasters." That includes the September 11 terrorist attacks, the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

She also reportedly helped open a health clinic in New Orleans' oldest public high school, to which she had previously donated $25,000 after Hurricane Katrina. More recently, she donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe campaign to help Svend Petersen, the 86-year-old pool manager at the Beverly Hills Hotel, who had become homeless. E! News points out that many people may not know the extent of Bullock's generosity because she keeps it relatively quiet.

Bullock joins stars such as Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart, and J.J. Watt in donating money to help those affected by the storm. Kim Kardashian also announced on Tuesday that she, her mom Kris Jenner, and her sisters, would donate $500,000 to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

If you're inspired by these celebrities' generosity to make donations of your own, Deadline encourages you to be cautious and ask questions of the charities you wish to support. As Anita Busch writes, major charities such as the Red Cross and United Way, which receive millions of dollars during disasters such as this, have been "criticized afterwards for not actually helping victims." She urges people to consider donating to on-the-ground organizations such as food banks and animal rescue groups that can help victims directly.

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