Everything’s bigger in Texas… even disaster relief efforts. As Houston suffers what could be the worst disaster in Texas history, some famous Austin celebrities are making it known that they love and support the Lonestar State.
From donating big bucks to organizing donation drives, here are 10 Austin celebrities supporting the Houston relief effort.
10 – Rachael Ray
Technically, Rachael Ray does not hail from Austin, however the mayor did make her an honorary Austinite at SXSW in 2014.
Through her Nutrish brand, the talk show host donated $1million to help support various animal welfare organizations who are actively working in Texas and Louisiana to care for animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
"Thanks to your support of our @Nutrish brands, we are able to donate $1 million today, through The Rachael Ray Foundation, to help support various animal welfare organizations who are actively working in Texas and Louisiana to care for animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. $100,000 donations have been made to @SPCATexas and @AustinPetsAlive!, who are already providing disaster relief to animals in need. We will continue our commitment to work with national and local organizations to assess needs and provide the additional earmarked funds. Thank you to all who are donating their time, effort and money as goodwill to our neighbors is most important during times like these." -RR [Photo credit Austin Pets Alive!] #hurricaneharvey
9 – Justin Theroux
Justin Theroux is no stranger to providing support for Austin pets, as evidenced by these five other times he’s shown his love for Austin Pets Alive! Though not an Austinite either, Theroux fell for the ATX while shooting season 2 of The Leftovers here in 2015.
On National Dog Day, Jennifer Aniston’s hubby encouraged his Instagram followers to help some of the most helpless victims of Hurricane Harvey by supporting APA’s relief efforts.
Want to celebrate National Dog Day AND help some of the most helpless victims of Hurricane Harvey? The folks at @austinpetsalive are once again putting themselves on the front line and out-awesome-ing themselves by helping shelters in the direct path of the storm to get animals to safety. As of Saturday morning they have already transported over 230 animals to their shelter for care. If you are in the Austin area, you can help them in a number of ways in person, and if not, you can click on the link in my bio for ways to help these animals from wherever you are. #austinpetsalive #rescuedogsofinstagram #nationaldogday #hurricaneharvey #pitbull #texas #rescuecat #adoptdontshop #selenagomez #yeahsorryselenaimdoingitagainiknowyouunderstandijustreallylikethisshelterwelltalkaboutitlateryoucantotallyusemeinahashtagforwhateveryouwantnexttiemyou 👆last hashtag #nottrending
8 – Sandra Bullock
Former Austinite Sandra Bullock pledged $1million to aid the relief efforts of the American Red Cross.
“This is an incredible gift. We’re so thankful. It’s times like this when we do receive such an incredible amount of support. Especially during times of disaster, people see what’s happening in Texas and our hearts all go out to them,” an American Red Cross rep said in a statement to People.
7 – Minka Kelly
The Friday Night Lights star spent many years in Austin while shooting the much beloved series. In an Instagram post, she stated, “I wish there were more I could do… Sending love, thoughts, and donations.” One of her posts even ended with the phrase, “Texas Forever,” followed by a heart.
6 – Brooklyn Decker
Andy Roddick’s wife Brooklyn Decker donated to the Texas Diaper Bank and shared info on her Instagram account so fans could do the same.
The Grace & Frankie star also encouraged Red Cross donations and shared Bobby Bones and crew’s Texas Forever t-shirt (sales benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts).
5 -Bobby Bones
In addition to donating proceeds from the sales of the aforementioned shirts, Bobby Bones’ company CantSeeApparel.com also donated $10K and the Bobby Bones Show has raised, at time of publishing, $200K from viewers through their #pimpinjoy efforts.
4 – Gabriel Luna
The Agents of Shield star flew into his hometown of Austin, discovering that the Austin Disaster Relief Network was having a donation drive for the folks affected by Harvey. He encouraged his Insta followers to take a donation to Hope Family Thrift Store or click the link in his bio for a list of items to purchase on Amazon that will go towards the relief effort.
Flew into Austin today and found out Austin Disaster Relief Network is having a donation drive for the folks effected by Harvey. If you're in Austin TX take your donation on over to Hope Family Thrift Store at 1122 E. 51st. You can also click the link in my bio to a list of items on Amazon that you can purchase that will go towards the relief effort. #lovethyneighbor
3 – Vince Young
The former UT football star is teaming up with Native Hostels to fill a bus with supplies heading to Houston. He also posted on behalf of his foundation, encouraging fans to show support any way they can. Learn more here.
2 – Genevieve Padalecki
Supernatural star Jared Padalecki’s wife posted about their efforts, stating that they have partnered with @randomactsorg (a charity formed by Padalecki’s co-star Misha Collins) to make sure 100% of the drive goes to people impacted by this tragedy. The couple often post about life in Austin and rave about how much they love Texas.
1 – Jensen and Danneel Ackles
Former One Tree Hill star Danneel Ackles is leading the charge for the Ackles family and their Family Business Beer Co., posting multiple times on Instagram about the group’s fundraising efforts. By Monday, they had raised $50K from fans, which they matched and also donated to Random Acts. They then upped the ante and, at time of publishing, their total had surpassed $239K!
In the words of their adorable daughter, “Thank you for saving Texas, everybody.”
Those are to top 10 Austin celebrities supporting the Houston relief effort, but that’s far from all that’s being done.
Many other famous Texans are doing their part as well, including Dallas area natives Demi Lovato, Jamie Foxx and Granger Smith, Waco’s most famous duo Chip and Joanna Gaines and San Antonio’s George Strait, who tweeted that he is working on putting together relief efforts with the whole country music community. Longview native Miranda Lambert even headed straight to Houston with her MuttNation Foundation, which has moved more than 70 dogs to safety in Oklahoma.
God bless Texas, y’all.