Hollywood Helps Haiti! Brangelina Gives $1 Million to Relief Efforts, Others Tweet Support

Thu, January 14, 2010 9:43am EST by 4 Comments

011410_AM_news544Superstars and world saviors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have given $1 million to Doctors Without Borders in order to help support relief efforts in Haiti, after a devastating earthquake hit the Caribbean island on Jan. 12.

Death tolls are reportedly in the hundreds of thousands in the area, and three hospitals in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince were destroyed.

Angelina said in a statement, “It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades. We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are now displaced from their homes, are suffering trauma, and most require urgent care.”

The couple also added, “We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter.”  The couple went to the poverty-stricken country in January 2006 with their friend, hip hop artist and Haitian native Wyclef Jean. Wyclef lived in Haiti until he was 13, and is currently in the country trying to help with relief efforts.

He pleaded for people to donate $5 to his Web site Yele.org, which is committed to improving the lives of Haitian citizens.  He said: “I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse.

Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong Foundation donated $250,000 to relief charities Partners in Health and Doctors Without Borders.

Tons of celebs are also tweeting their concern about the disaster-stricken country, though it is not yet clear which among them have donated. Nicole Richie, Selena Gomez, Ryan SeacrestJessica Alba, Russell Simmons, Ben Stiller, Chris MartinDiddy, Olivia Wilde (who just returned from Haiti), Ashton Kutcher, and Demi Moore have all encouraged their Twitter followers to donate to organizaitons like the Red Cross and Unicef.

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