Apple donates $5 million to the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief Fund to support those who have been affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Apple the prior week donated $2 million to the Red Cross to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and raised an additional $1 million through employee and iTunes donations.
A live telethon on Tuesday September 12th hosted by Hand in Hand, to raise additional money for hurricane relief efforts. Proceeds from the upcoming telethon will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, Feeding Texas, Save the Children, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and DirectRelief.
Some of the celebrities include: George Clooney, Beyoncé, Stephen Colbert, Terry Crews, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Drake, Jimmy Fallon, Jaime Foxx, Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, Kate Hudson, Jay Leno, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Tracy Morgan, Chris Paul, Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Jon Stewart, Barbara Streisand, Sofia Vegara, Kerry Washington, Oprah, Rita Wilson and many more.
On top of donating $5 million, Apple is also planning to allow Apple customers to donate to Hand in Hand through the App Store and iTunes as if often does in similar disaster situations.
“On behalf of everyone at Apple, our hearts go out to the millions of people whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the many more still bracing for Irma’s impact,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “We applaud Hand in Hand for bringing together people from all over the country to help one another at a time when so many desperately need it. In addition to Apple’s direct contribution to the relief and recovery efforts, we’re making it easy for anyone in the US to make their own donations to Hand in Hand through the App Store and iTunes.”