September 12, 2017 @ 10:00 PM
It’s been a devastating couple of weeks for Americans across Texas, Florida, and parts of Georgia thanks to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Flooding and wreckage have left thousands of people stranded, but in spite of the terrifying effects of these storms, we’ve seen courage, hope, and an outpouring of generosity, and tonight’s Hand in Hand Telethon was no different.
Celebrities like Lupita Nyong’o, Bruce Willis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, and many, many more banded together tonight answer phone calls from Americans who wished to donate to help those in need. When they weren’t answering phone calls everyone from Oprah to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw highlighted a few of the inspiring stories that came out of Houston and Florida.
While the heartbreaking accounts definitely brought a tear to our eye, the performances from stars such as Usher and Blake Shelton, who did a duet together, to Stevie Wonder’s cover of “Lean on Me” helped lighten the mood, as did some playful antics between BFFs Julia Roberts and George Clooney.
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The gathering of all of those A list stars definitely brought in the donations—at the end of the hour-long broadcast, Hand in Hand made 14 million dollars. If you missed the telethon, don’t worry! You can still help. Visit handinhand2017.com to donate online or call at 1-800-258-6000 or text GIVE to 80077.
Scroll down to see highlights and some adorable behind-the-scenes Instagrams from the telethon.
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