Tuesday night, Beyoncé joined a number of celebrities helping bring aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
During the Hand in Hand telethon, donors called their favorite celebrites and gave money to aid relief efforts. For the telethon, Beyoncé shared an impassioned message that highlighted why it was so important to give back.
“During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes,” the singer said.
“Natural disasters don’t discriminate,” she continued. “They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together. Seeing everyone of different racial, social and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity.”
Beyoncé also went on to detail how climate change has contributed to natural disasters around the world, highlighting the recent earthquake in Mexico as an example.
The singer has been one of many celebrities giving back after back-to-back hurricane’s damaged Texas and Florida. Through her foundation, BeyGood, the singer has donated millions and visited devastated areas of her hometown.
“We have to be prepared for what comes next,” the singer added during the telethon. “So tonight we come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to lift our spirits and heal.”