ABC part of multi-network telethon ‘Hand in Hand’ to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Rescue boats fill a flooded street as flood victims are evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(ABC News) — ABC will be part of a special, multi-network telethon to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey, “Good Morning America” announced last Tuesday morning. It will be called “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief.”

With thousands of people in Texas displaced and countless others losing their homes because of the massive storm and continued flooding, the telethon will aim to raise funds for those in need.

It will be produced by the same team behind the recent Manchester, England, benefit featuring Ariana Grande. That concert on June 4 raised well over $12 million for victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people and left more than 100 others with serious injuries.

Related Content: Walmart ups hurricane relief to $30 million

Some of the names attached include Jamie Foxx, George Clooney, Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey. The benefit will take place Tuesday on ABC, CBS, Fox, CMT and NBC and stream live on Facebook from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. The one-hour broadcast will then air in each time zone during that slot.

Oscar-winner Foxx was one of the first to mention an upcoming benefit, last week on Instagram, when he said he was working to bring something together to aid those affected by Harvey in Houston and nearby areas.

“My heart goes out, my prayers go out,” Foxx said. “Sept. 12, we have a telethon that we’re doing. We’ll give you more details [when we have them], where we can raise as much money as we can for everybody down there.”

Related Content: Apple donates another $5 million to hurricane relief

Last week, the White House sent a letter to Congress requesting $7.85 billion for Harvey response efforts. According to the administration, almost half a million households have registered for FEMA aid, The Associated Press reported.

Harvey made landfall on Sept. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane and continued to pelt parts of southeastern Texas for almost a week after, causing massive flooding.

In addition to the upcoming telethon, Disney hosted a Day of Giving last week and raised over $14 million for those affected by the historic storm. Celebrities including Alex Rodriguez, John Leguizamo, Tony Danza, Darby Stanchfield, Kevin Jonas and more appeared on “GMA” and answered phones, taking pledges from viewers.

Others, like football star J.J. Watt, have started fundraisers as well. Watt said he has raised more than $15 million for Harvey survivors.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s