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

Thu, January 14, 2010 9:43am EDT 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.

Get More on Haiti’s Earthquake Relief:

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Rae

Posted at 3:01 PM on January 25, 2010  

i am full up to here with people asking me for money! the government turns to the taxpayer to bail out the economy. the entertainers turn to the taxpayer to bail out haiti. wtf?? both of these ‘entities’ have ENOUGH MONEY to help those that need it! STOP WORKING ON ME TO LOOSEN MY WALLET AND HOW ABOUT IF YOU WEALTHY, TEN HOUSE OWNING SOB’S GIVE UP SOME OF YOUR CASH. AND WHAT ABOUT CONAN? how about if he gives to haiti thirty million and keep two for himself?? geeezus i’m tired of wealthy people turning to those that aren’t to freaking help them! and yes i did give part of my check to haiti and percentage wise i’m sure it was much more than the wealthy!

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voyager659

Posted at 5:34 PM on January 24, 2010  

I don’t know why there no way to post on the story about their split. My thing is almost the couples in Hollywood in the past and maybe in the future have cheat with their co-stars in some form or fashion what everybody keeps trying ot bury these too for is ridiculous. nobody can make you leave someone you love. It is called free will….. also if you look at Jen Aniston’s record she hasn’t keep a man since Brad Pitt. I could care less if Brad and Angelina stay together if they are happy and the children are good but if the relationship has run it’s course then they should split on friendly terms because of the children…

They both look like they love the children so I only hope theye do what is right. ;No matter what they do they will be murdered in the press. I am happy they can still do charity together a Million Thanks for their KIND and GENEROUS HEARTS…

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jennylynnm

Posted at 10:43 PM on January 14, 2010  

It’s a beautiful thing when stars use their celebrity for good. God bless Haiti.

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lightsavior

Posted at 11:34 AM on January 14, 2010  

Am glad to know that there are some kind hearted people in the Hollywood family. Brad Pitt and Angelina, a million thanks to you and your family. Best of all best wishes all your lives. Thanks again.

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