Leonardo DiCaprio Donates Incredible Sum To Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

OMG August 31, 2017 By Hugo

Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $1m to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund.

The Academy Award winner's generous donation will go towards helping the thousands of residents displaced from their homes in Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana.

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At the time of writing, Hurricane Harvey has already taken 38 lives, and the figure is expected to rise once search efforts are over in what has already been confirmed as the wettest tropical cyclone in American history.

Leo's donation will go through United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, which has promised to "distribute 100 percent of donations for recovery in the affected areas, community by community, in the months and years ahead."

Confirming the $1m donation, United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher expressed his gratitude in a statement. " "We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation. Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us–and that's what this gift represents."

Since the hurricane struck, celebrities have been quick to offer their financial support. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart even started a movement on social media, encouraging his fellow stars to step up to the mark and donate $25,000 to the victims, while Sandra Bullock matched Leo's generous donation by giving $1m herself. 

Other stars such as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Texan-based NFL player J.J. Watt have also donated large sums. 

If you would like to donate to any of the charitable organizations involved with relief efforts, you can visit the Red Cross' Hurricane Harvey relief fund web page by clicking here.

Other organization such as the Coalition for the Homeless, Houston Food Bank and Save the Children are also accepting contributions.

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