Beyoncé Made an Emotional Plea to Help Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

"Natural disasters don't discriminate."

During Tuesday night's Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, Beyoncé made an emotional plea for viewers to call in and donate to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Beyoncé, whose hometown of Houston was hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey last week, gave a powerful speech about the importance of coming together to help those who were affected.

Here's what she said:

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. And countless families are now homeless. In my home town city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers, and formula for babies. And, of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids new books and toys so they can continue to dream. 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. And we're continuing to see people going in with boats. Many of them are official, acting in their official capacity. Many of them are volunteers. True healing is in helping. Please, give what you can. The effects of climate change are playing out around the world every day. Just this past week, we've seen devastation from the monsoon in India, an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, and multiple catastrophic hurricanes. Irma alone has left a trail of death and destruction from the Caribbean to Florida to southern United States. We have to be prepared for what comes next. So tonight, we come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to lift our spirits, and heal. Thank you.

Beyoncé arrived in Houston on Sunday to help with her BEYGood Houston relief organization. She stopped by her old church, St. John's United Methodist Church, and then passed out food, diapers, and other supplies to crowds gathered outside.

Beyoncé was joined by stars like Oprah, Blake Shelton, Kerry Washington and Justin Bieber at the telethon Tuesday night. You can donate to Hand In Hand hurricane relief efforts here.


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