More Than $14.5M Raised In 'Hand In Hand' Hurricane Harvey Benefit

More Than $14.5M Raised In 'Hand In Hand' Hurricane Harvey Benefit

The event was originally planned to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas but was expanded after the extent of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma became clear.

A star-studded list of actors, musicians, athletes, TV personalities and other celebrities will make appearances on the "Hand in Hand" telethon for hurricane relief. It was also livestreamed on various sites all around the world.

- CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 13, 2017JUST IN: As of 9pm ET, #HandInHand has already raised $14.5 million towards hurricane relief.

Organizers on Wednesday said that the total rose to $44 million in pledges made after West Coast and other re-broadcasts. Updated figures were expected on Wednesday. "It just loves", Stevie Wonder said to open the show before launching into Bill Withers' "Lean on Me". The multi-network broadcast included music stars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and more.

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All donations received by the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund from the public will be distributed to charities working on the ground the affected areas, according to Comic Relief, Inc. "We have to be prepared for what comes next. And that's what it's all about". "It's personal for me because it's home to me, it's in my city, but it's a national disaster".

Bey also said she sees a silver lining in all the recent storm clouds: that people of all different backgrounds have been helping one another. "This is what we can give people with our donations tonight". As the calls came in, the stars were there to answer them. There, Matthew McConaughey gave a stirring speech before introducing George Strait.

The new mother, who traveled to Houston to deliver supplies and serve food to locals on Friday, went on to admit she had been touched to witness communities coming together to provide help to those in dire need during the hurricane. Like, people want to help. The number to call to donate is 1-800-258-6000. Those outside the United States and Canada can donate online here.

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