Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has donated the sum of $1 million to victims of the devastating Hurricane Harvey.
The United Way Harvey Recovery Fund was recently set up to help victims of the disaster, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation pledged $1 million as its inaugural donation.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation,” said United Way Worldwide president and CEO Brian Gallagher. “Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us — and that’s what this gift represents.”
It would not be the first time the actor came to the aid of disaster victims. The foundation has previously donated to victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
“We hope others will step up and support the United Way and other organizations,” said Terry Tamminen, CEO of the foundation.
A number of other celebrities, including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ruby Rose, Rachael Ray, Ellen Degeneres, and Fall Out Boy have also contributed towards helping Hurricane Harvey victims.
Actress Sandra Bullock, who also donated $1 million to the Red Cross, said people should forget their political differences and help each other.
“There are no politics in eight feet of water,” she said. “There are human beings in eight feet of water.”
Over 31,000 people have been displaced from their homes so far.