Teaming Up to Help Our Neighbors
It's impossible to predict a natural disaster, and almost as hard to truly prepare for one. What really matters in a natural disaster isn't how prepared a city is before it hits, but the generosity of our nation in the aftermath.
Last night, mGive, Comic Relief USA, Scooter Braun Projects, Patriot Communications, and Telescope.tv all teamed up in just 6 days to put on Hand in Hand: a Benefit for Hurricane Relief, and, together, raised over $44 million for our friends and loved ones in Texas, Florida, and the USVI.
We were humbled and honored to be able to provide Text to Give capability throughout the telethon, allowing donors to text GIVE to 80077 to donate $25*.
Comic Relief has teamed up to distribute funds to some amazing organizations working in Florida and Texas, including United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding Florida, Feeding Texas, the Rebuild Texas Fund, Save the Children, and more. They're even working with the ASPCA and Best Friends Animal Society to rescue and care for abandoned and misplaced animals!
Comic Relief and Telescope.tv pulled out all the stops in order to make their call to action as effective as possible. Most readily apparent (and probably most effective), of course, has to be the insane number of stars involved.
Oprah and Justin Bieber answering phones, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon hosting, guest appearences from Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, and Drake, and so many more celebrities helped to bring their own fans to awareness, creating a massive coalition of Americans to provide aid to our countrymen.
This is what America is about, and we are so glad to be involved. To this writer, the true spirit of our nation is in our response to adversity. To see so many people come together, to donate such a substantial sum to help our friends and neighbors get back on their feet, regardless of race, gender, religion, or politics, is nothing less than profoundly inspiring.
Thank you for your attention and your efforts to help in the wake of Harvey and Irma. Keep up the great work, and know how much we appreciate you!