Bravolebrities Donate & Help Texans Impacted By The Devastating #HurricaneHarvey!

Posted on Aug 30 2017 - 10:41am by Staff Writer

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane along the coast of Texas on Friday, bringing torrential rainfall and leading to unprecedented, deadly flooding in parts of the state. People formed human chains, carried pets above their heads and hopped into boats to save people they’d never met.

Harvey dropped a record 50 inches of rain by Tuesday morning in Houston, TX, causing flooding that left an estimated 30,000 people in need shelter, according to FEMA. The devastating affects of the storm will affect the area for years to come. The National Weather Service stated, “This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown.”

A few inspiring Bravolebrities have stepped up to help the victims of #HurricaneHarvey in the wake of the destruction left by the natural disaster.

Star of The Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny Frankel, has pledged $30,000 through her B Strong Charity to help women who have been affected by the storm.


#RHOA star, Kandi Burruss, donated $10,000 to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey to fund started by Kevin Hart, which “enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster,” Kandi added on Instagram, “Let’s not just pray for Houston but actually do something & donate. No matter how much it may be, all donations help. My heart goes out to Houston!”


Real Housewives creator and Bravo executive, Andy Cohen, stepped up for the cause, “This morning I donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, set up by Houston’s Mayor, and the Houston Humane Society.” He posted on Instagram.


Luann de Lesseps
donated (she posted a video on Instagram stories about her donation) and has been urging her followers to donate!


#RHOC star, Vicki Gunvalson, donated and is asking her followers to help out, “I’ve donated… have you? #redcross #texasneedsourhelp”

I've donated… have you? #redcross #texasneedsourhelp

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Heather Dubrow
 noted that she was doing her part by “sending prayers and money to Texas.”


True southern belle, Patricia Altschul, is donating a portion of sales from her Patricia’s Couture line to the Houston Humane Society.


Other Bravolebs below, who don’t appear to have made donations themselves, but are urging their followers to lend Texans a helping hand. 

Text HARVEY TO 90999 to make a $10 donation. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by this!

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Praying for Texas🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Thank you to all the Bravolebs who have stepped up to help the people of Texas during this devastating time! If you would like to help those impacted by the storm, below is a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas:

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage, and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio-area donor rooms. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.

Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.

To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.

The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.

The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

For more options, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

 

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  • just me…

    O FFS…how would we ever know about this crisis if it was not for these cleb’s…Jesus Christ.

    • RHONJ Fan

      Seriously, now is not the time to joke about this catastrophic event. People’s lives hang in the balance, many have loss everything. Can you imagine losing your entire home and everything you work hard to own? At least, these celebs are doing SOMETHING to help. More than the naysayers sitting at home doing nothing but criticizing their efforts.

      • just me…

        I am not joking.

  • Violet~Princess Pumpernickel

    Is it just me or does it seem shady when people say that their “friends” have set up an account you can donate to for the hurricane victims? I’d prefer to donate to a charity I can look into.

    I am glad that people are pulling together and donating. I heard Sandy Bullock donated a million and the Kardashians donated a half million.

    • just me…

      prefer to donate directly to a human…when our house burnt down ( we were heavily insured and did not need for anything, thank goodness. ) the Red Cross stated in our local paper that they were helping us…never heard from them at all.

      • the underground train

        Wow really? I donate to them 😯

        • just me…

          look at their salaries.

          • wellWellwell

            Yup! Red Cross CEO makes 500K. Red Cross sits on 3.3 Billion.
            How much of this money actually goes to the people who need it?
            Definitely worth looking into a charity before donating.

          • JustSayin

            Woa I had no idea! I’ve always thought Red Cross was legit…

          • wellWellwell

            So did I, you should see other salaries for some of these noble people.
            Another example : UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE . Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.

          • JustSayin

            That’s just shameful, and I have to believe that karma, or God, or something will catch up with them in the end.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            Red Cross must have an endowment of at least 30 trillion by now. It’s always odd to me when people make them their biggest beneficiary of charity.

          • wellWellwell

            It’s odd to me also. I have donated in the past and a friend told me to look up the salaries of these CEO’s. I think it was called snoop report (something like that) so I did and could not believe what I was reading.
            Some animal charities are the same way. It’s really sad and like JS said “karma, or something will catch up with them.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            We were joking (on another website yesterday) how Beyonce has finally been shamed into donating (via her pastor) … and that he’ll undoubtedly end up with a new Escalade out of the deal.

          • wellWellwell

            I read that story on a political site. If anyone of these hollyweirdos can raise money it would be her. She definitely has the money to donate.
            My guess he already has a new Escalade.
            I’m sure the “stars” of hollyweird will do a nighttime telethon. I just hope the people who need help actually receive it.
            btw: Will the Laurita’s donate or just start a charity for Houston…giggles..snort

          • just me…

            Bought a neighbor a dryer.

          • wellWellwell

            You bought your neighbor a dryer?

      • Violet~Princess Pumpernickel

        Yikes! That’s terrible.

        • just me…

          True story…I was like..WHAT…and they never replied.

  • JustSayin

    Thank you for taking the time to list trusted sites for donations, there have already been reports of shady “charities” popping up and collecting donations. Sad that some see a time of crisis as an opportunity for financial gain.

    • the underground train

      Yes that is the worst

  • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

    Why is Bethenny making this about gender, and while I suppose his “♥” is in the right place, but I am somewhat put off by this overrated midget (Kevin Hart) to demanding “challenging” overpaid celebs to donate. Master P just told him to STFU … LoL But for me, the best is this woman destroying a sleazebag CNN reporter. If you’re short on time, skip to 00:58

    • RHONJ Fan

      Bethenny is donating money through her “women in crisis” organization. I’m just happy she’s making the effort to give unlike many others.

      • just me…

        Tax shelter.

        • RHONJ Fan

          Hateful. Get a life and a heart.

          • just me…

            were you with me when I was putting drywall up in New Orleans?

          • CNN

            I doubt you were based on your insensitive comments on this thread. Trust me, us hurricane prone areas recognize our coastal brothers and sisters.

          • just me…

            well check my CVS bill for diaper wipes that i cleaned myself with.

          • just me…

            OK…sorry next time I will ask if it is ok if I help because I am from the Mid Atlantic…trust me…the people that I bunked with could give two shits where I am from…and I would do it again …..and will…if you need it I will be right there.

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        Yeah, I guess that’s fair.

    • JustSayin

      I agree that charity is not obligatory, and no one should be guilted or shamed into donating if they don’t want. And I was taught that charity is private, if you’re announcing your charitable acts to the world, you’re typically doing it for the wrong reasons.

      But on the other hand…some might see it as leading by example. Especially celebs who have so many followers. And every dollar they raise, whether they’re doing it for the right reasons or not, could make the difference to someone who lost everything.

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        Yes, there’s a certain “patting their own back” vibe to announcing they’ve donated. In short, it’s tacky as hell. I’m apparently from your generation … because it’s no one’s fcking business who donates to what. Besides, what they need down there are boats, shelter, and MANPOWER. I just found out my brother-in-law is sending 50+ RV’s to the area, and I can guarantee you he isn’t announcing it on their webpage or SM accts. Let’s see Andy and Bethenny get off their asses and start sandbagging.

        • CNN

          That’s pretty stupid of your brother-in-law not to announce it on social media when his post could encourage more to help. This may be just another event to you or even something to bitch about but these are people’s lives at hand.

        • CNN

          I was trying to respond to your last comment calling me a loon but since your comment got deleted, I will reserve my thoughts.

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      That video was so freaking awesome!!! She’s talking about freezing and the CNN reporter is standing there wearing a jacket instead of giving it to her or her children. And Acosta in the studio…. LMFAO – that douchebag can’t win

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        IKR? It started out innocent enough, but then (I assume as she got a look at the reporter’s “disaster outfit”, designer boots, and perfume), she started losing it. The reporter probably thought she was going to criticize Trump and thought jackpot! WRONG … LoL

        • wellWellwell

          LOL. “disaster outfit”. The best part was, when they cut back to Jim Acosta, his eyeballs were as big as saucers. He thought she was going to get her a$$ beat. LOL! “Ain’t nobody got time for that” seems tame compared to this throw down. This lady needs an award!

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            Ol’ Sweet Brown immediately came to my mind as well. HAHAHAHA I love my sassy sistas.

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            OMG.. Jim Acosta. You’d think he would just throw in the towel at CNN and quit instead of getting his ass beat on a daily basis.

          • wellWellwell

            Haha! You would think. He doesn’t even have a safe place in the WH Press Core Office anymore. I look for him to be banned soon..lol!

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            The best was when they relegated him all the way to the back row when they were doing a presser (I think in the Rose Garden) a couple of months back. He was bitching on Twitter that he had been sent to Siberia… LOL

          • wellWellwell

            OMG! I missed that, thanks for the laugh. He’s the biggest cry baby I have ever seen. I laugh when Trump dismisses him before he can get his question out. So he continues to yell it as he’s walking off. LOL

  • RHONJ Fan

    Thank you AATT for this post. Additionally, I want to sincerley thank all the Bravolebs and celebs overall, who actually donated.

    Shame of Tamra Judge, Kenya Moore (who has family in Houston) and Cynthia Bailey (her sister Mallory lives in Houston) for not donating. They should be ashamed of themselves. They make all that money and can’t give a little back.

    • JrzShoreLady

      How do you know they didn’t donate? They could be donating privately.

      • JustSayin

        True, not everyone feels the urge to announce their charitable acts – and I respect that.

      • CNN

        That’s very stupid and celebrities know that, that is why famous people with platforms always announce it, to raise awareness.

        • JrzShoreLady

          Just because we don’t agree, doesn’t mean you need to call me stupid.

      • Chloe

        Celebrities raise awareness. Period. If they gave, they will publicize it.

    • CNN

      Clearly, the ones not announcing donations, did not, especially a fame whore like Kenya Moore.

      • RealitytvJunkie

        Thank you!

  • RealitytvJunkie

    I’ve been watching the images on the news and I am heartbroken. I can’t imagine what these people must be going through and feeling. I donated and will continue to donate to this cause. I applaud all the Housewives, Bravolebs and fans donating.

  • TartLemon

    Can’t assume someone didn’t donate because they didn’t publicize it. Also can’t assume they did just because they say they did.

    There were towns obliterated by Harvey before it got to Houston. Let’s not forget them.

    • JustSayin

      Excellent point, just because someone says they donated, doesn’t mean they did.

      • CNN

        So easy for people to say when this tragedy does not affect you.

        • TartLemon

          Pretty egregious for anyone to assume the tragedy has not affected someone else just because they don’t publicize their predicament. Sometimes people give out of the need of others, NOT for the publicity or to exploit the generosity.

          • JustSayin

            And some of us don’t feel the need to share our struggles with strangers on the internet.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            BAM~!

        • RealitytvJunkie

          Indeed, I agree.

    • CNN

      Well, if a celebrity donated and did not publicize their contribution, that is reckless. Celebrities have a huge platform to reach far more people than the average citizen. Celebs have the power to get Texas more help than any news outlet or citizen could. Pretty egregious of any celeb not using their platform in that fashion. And they know it. Giving is nothing to keep private for anyone — especially in this horror and devastation.

      • Chloe

        Thank you for stating the obvious. You would think people would understand this basic premise.

      • Clutching My Pearls

        I agree with you CNN.

      • RealitytvJunkie

        I agree 1000000% with this.

  • TartLemon

    Okay, this is a lighter side post. There’s one sign language translator who is so entertaining to watch. Very expressive in the face and all. Don’t know who he is and don’t even read sign language, but he’s a treat.

    • JustSayin

      Lol on a slightly unrelated but light hearted note — did you ever hear about/see the video of the sign language translator at Nelson Mandela’s funeral? Dude didn’t know sign language AT ALL and was just up there straight bullshittin lol

    • carrot

      Was he the guy who was signing vigorously when the speaker looked at him and said he thought the signer was making fun of him? That was a needed laugh.

  • TartLemon

    I wouldn’t give a single ¢ to Red Cross or United Way.

    Give to Salvation Army. They give assistance to EVERYONE and ask ‘what else do you need?’

    • wellWellwell

      Good choice Tart.
      The Salvation Army’s Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.

    • we”r”family

      We donate every year to the Salvation Army.

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      I donated to Samaritan’s Purse and the Cajun Navy. The Cajun Navy goes in and rescues people and Samaritan’s Purse will do the work when the flood waters recede. Samaritan’s Purse will be there for years helping them to rebuild at no cost to the elderly or the uninsured.

    • shayvoe

      Agree!! There are so many other worthy charities to give to, instead of RC and UW, who pay their executives a ridiculous salary, and maybe 10 cents on the dollar actually goes to the people in need. I stopped giving to those two many, many years ago.

      • Elizabeth Fisher

        Not to mention United Way gets a LOT of federal monies!!!!

  • we”r”family

    Okay I know I’ll get dinged for this but seriously donation should be a personal thing. Not a badge of honor. So what is Bethenny planning to do? Send folks down to Houston once the water has receded and offer to dress people?
    I, too, pray for those in Houston.

    • RealitytvJunkie

      Donation should not be private when you’re a celebrity.

  • Clutching My Pearls

    I’m praying for the people of Texas. And I appreciate all the kind celebs doing their part to donate and post about their donations on social media.

  • Elizabeth Fisher

    You don’t know that they didn’t donate. While I agree they have large social media platform, some people choose to keep their charity donations private.

    • RealitytvJunkie

      Celebrities keeping positive press private? Now, you really don’t believe that. 😂

      • TartLemon

        I most certainly do believe it. Happens all the time. They give because they CAN, not to exploit it for the publicity.

        • RealitytvJunkie

          Oh please. If Kenya Moore donated, she would shout it from the roof tops. Any of these reality TV fame whores would.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            Remember how she tried to shame NeNe into donating the $25K to her charity, but NeNe wasn’t playing… LoL

          • RealitytvJunkie

            I sure do.

        • just me…

          They give because they can yap about it. JMO….dig in their pocket’s please..we put those $$ in there…

        • GirlPlz

          A lot of these Bravolebs are doing it to look good.

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        Especially “Bravolebrities”.

        • RealitytvJunkie

          True, the biggest fame whores of the lot.

  • RealitytvJunkie

    Why do some people ALWAYS lose focus of the point? I’m so happy these good people dug into their pockets to donate and use their platforms to promote their good deeds.

    • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

      Also EVERYTHING is being politicized these days, and I’m just as guilty, but thankfully, they haven’t really started politicizing this tragedy (yet). Like in times of war, I guess our country IS still capable of uniting.

  • GirlPlz

    I don’t care what these Bravolebs say, but it’s good some are donating. (edited)

    • RealitytvJunkie

      Excellent point. At the end of the day, she’s doing her part to help in a significant way.

    • just me…

      PFFT..SHE DID NOT..SHE IS TRYING TO MAKE HER TAX SHELTER HAPPEN…sorry i hit the caps button.

      • shayvoe

        Stop it. You don’t know that. How much did you give?

        • RealitytvJunkie

          Thank you Shayvoe. Instead of praising Bethenny and the others that gave, she’s insulting them.

          • shayvoe

            Trust me, even if Bethenny and some of these others were down there sandbagging, they would still be getting criticized for something. Probably that they were doing it for the publicity. Who cares why they are doing it. These people have lost everything, and as someone from New Orleans, who has lost everything in one flood, and was flooded 2 other times, these people don’t care who is helping them or why…just that they will be helped.

          • RealitytvJunkie

            Amen! Finally, a voice of reason. Thank you. People have no clue what these people are going through and the immense amount of help needed. I find it pretty insensitive for people to make this about “donating is a private act,” …like do you really think Texans cares right now? They need money, man power and prayers. Period.

          • just me…

            Instead of praising Bethenny….oh What…I am going to put my yoga mat towards mecca and kiss her ring?

        • just me…

          oh darling…we are helping an elderly neighbor with her sump pump….hooking her up to our generator.

          • shayvoe

            That’s it??!! Surely you could be doing more!! See how insensitive that sounds.

          • just me…

            I get it..it does not compute….ty

      • GirlPlz

        I re-read her post and it is a bit strange but hey, it’s better than nothing. The government should be helping people out.

        • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

          They are … FEMA.

          • GirlPlz

            The people Trump said would be famous because of this national tragedy? The government better financially help people, but the GOP won’t given their track history

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            Oh girl please .. now we’ve talked about getting your news from the Clown News Network and/or MethNBC haven’t we?

          • GirlPlz

            Or FauxNews who pick and choose what they report. They don’t report anything that is negative to the GOP or Trump.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            Yeah they do darlin’ … There’s no denying that Fox’s main commentators (not news people – big difference) are Conservative, but they each have on a steady stream of anti-GOP and Trump people on a daily basis. So much so, that it’s really beginning to piss a lot of GOP’ers off off. Hearing from the other side is fine, but IMO, giving them a platform every fcking day and night is too much. I don’t think the other two networks give equal time do they? The debating and arguing on all the networks is sooo tiresome. Lines have been blurred; and “News” has now become entertainment. I suppose they all need ratings, but I’m politicked out~ .

          • GirlPlz

            We should also add that Trump recently cut funding for FEMA and other flood protection measures. Even cut some a week prior to Hurricane Harvey

          • RealitytvJunkie

            Please don’t turn this thread into a political fight.

          • GirlPlz

            Also – CNN anchors and other people in the media – which Trump calls enemies of the country – have actually saved people in the floods. Literally helped people from drowning etc. So have Muslims. Plenty of Mosques have opened their premises without “being asked to”. The people in the media in Houston have literally done more than Trump too. On the grounds, saving people.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            Mosques are letting infidels in … what for, to kill them?

          • WTF? Why would you post this?

          • GirlPlz

            Mosques didn’t have to wait to help flood victims unlike so-called Christians. Secondly, i bet FauxNews didn’t report on this either

          • I see you changed your comment. Smh.

          • GirlPlz

            I didn’t change any comment.

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            That’s because it never happened.

          • GirlPlz

            It did happen. Maybe the microwave in my house is affecting my mind though

          • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

            Gotta watch that … I’d recommend getting an American-made one.

          • shayvoe

            Are you kidding? 120 billion was given by the feds in Katrina alone, under a GOP administration!!

          • GirlPlz

            Not kidding. Many in the GOP were against using public funds, including none other than VP Mike Pence, who tried to use a Bible reference to justify his position!

          • shayvoe

            Are you talking about in Sandy? This is a completely different scenario, one of which has never happened before, This is worse than Katrina, not in loss of life…yet, but in loss of homes, businesses and infrastructure, it will be the largest natural disaster in the history of this country.

          • RealitytvJunkie

            I think this is too big for the GOP not to help.

  • just me…

    Hey bravno lebs…put a cot or 1000 in your house and make some soup.

  • RealitytvJunkie

    The owner of the Houston Rockets donated $10 million, Texans player, JJ Watts donated $5 million. But the biggest shocker to me is Rachael Ray donating $1 Million….JESUS, how much dog food and products is she selling?!?

    • shayvoe

      Rachel is worth in excess of 100 mil. I want to see how much the Kardashians and Bey and J donate and Bey is from Houston.

      • RealitytvJunkie

        Really? Omg, good for her. She really made a career for herself. The Kardashians collectively donated $500k – so it’s like they each donated $100K. No word from Beyonce and yes, she’s from H-town.

      • TartLemon

        It’s been reported Beyonce and JayZ have donated in excess of $7MILLION. The report did not come from them but from someone who knows them. They wanted it to remain quiet. They give because they care. NOT because they want to exploit their kindness.

        • shayvoe

          The Kardashians gave a measly $500,000 form ALL of them as a family. Oh well….I guess it is better than nothing. Wonder if Kanye gave.

        • Chi Town Baby

          Interesting. They wanted to keep it quiet but the news somehow slipped out. Hmmm lol.

  • TartLemon

    Way back yonder, when I was a kid, for sport woulda been out catching buckets and buckets of crawdads in the floods. THEN release them because back then, they weren’t a gourmet delicacy.

    • RealitytvJunkie

      The flood waters are filled with snakes, fire ants and gators. The news is advising against this.

      • shayvoe

        The red ant piles that float on top of the water are the worst. Walking in that nasty filthy water with oil and who knows what else floating on top is horrible. Never saw any gators when my neighborhood flooded, but snakes and red ants were everywhere.

        • RealitytvJunkie

          Those pesky ant piles are super dangerous. I saw some pics of gators in driveways and snakes coming up through toilets and near doorways. Scary stuff.

  • TartLemon

    No reporters and tv cameras in Rockport. Obliterated by Harvey before it even got to Houston.

    • shayvoe

      It is completely gone…no city exists anymore….so sad!!

      • TartLemon

        Its’ citizens lost EVERYTHING.

      • RealitytvJunkie

        The city is still there, CNN showed pics but a lot of destruction so too dangerous for reporters to get there.

        • shayvoe

          Was going by what their mayor said…haven’t seen any pics in days.

    • RealitytvJunkie

      They roads and highways to Rockport are under water, so reporters are safer not reporting from there.

  • pixntrix

    As a Texan, I want to thank everyone who helps my fellow Texans. ❤

    • RealitytvJunkie

      Nicely said. If you and your family were directly affected by the storm, my deepest sympathies.

      • pixntrix

        Thank you Reality!

    • Mental Iceberg 🏇

      Hope you stayed safe.

      • pixntrix

        I wasn’t affected but have family and many friends who have lost everything.

  • In Texas, countless people have demonstrated extraordinary acts of humanity to help flood victims.

    • pixntrix

      Yes, yes they have! It’s truly amazing…it doesn’t matter what your skin color is, religious affiliation or political party. There’s one race and that’s the human race.