Hollywood’s famous stars have also been moved by the disaster that struck the Philippines, and some of them have launch appeals for donations.
An article posted on Hollywood.com said that singer Rihanna, Sex And The City’s Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Kevin Bacon offered their thoughts and prayers to the victims of super Typhoon Yolandan.
Scenes of death and devastation in Leyte and Samar has prompted an outpouring of emotion from around the world on Twitter.com.
“My very best to all in the Philippines. I met some wonderful friends while visiting. The news from there is devastating,” Parker tweeted, while Bacon shared a link to a donation page, writing, “Please help: join me to support Typhoon Haiyan relief.”
R&B star Rihanna tweeted: “Navy please keep the people of The Philippines in your prayers!!! I was just there and this truly breaks my heart!!!”
“My heart is heavy for the people of the Philippines tonight. Devastating,” singer Josh Groban said, while Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough wrote: “My heart goes out to all those affected by the destruction in the Philippines. Wishing all our fans there a speedy recovery. God bless!” Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet, Pamela Anderson, Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, sports icon Mike Tyson and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz also took to Twitter to share messages of support.
Actor George Clooney and Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose mother is a Filipino, were also planning to launch a fund raising drive for the typhoon victims.
Pinoystop.com quoted Clooney as saying that they are considering rallying troops behind the fundraising drive. In January this year, the actor organized the Hope for Haiti concert, which featured Madonna, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Jennifer Hudson.
Coach Spo, as he was fondly called, sent his condolences to the Philippines.
“On behalf of the Miami HEAT organization, we would like to extend our condolences to the victims of super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers,” he said on his Twitter account.
According to a report in the Washington Post, the NBA Players Association and the NBA itself will donate $250,000 to the US Fund of the Unicef. This is intended for the emergency relief operation.
Other celebrities who also sent condolences and sympathies included Jessica Sanchez, David Archuleta, Marie Digby, Elijah Wood, Mike Tyson, Olivia Munn, Maggie Q, Kristin Chenoweth, Nina Garcia, Jared Leto, Max Greenfield, Cassadee Pope and One Republic, who was recently in the country for a concert.
The Filipino community in Los Angeles also mobilized a charity walk in Van Nuys to raise funds for the typhoon victims.
“I did see an overwhelming expression of support from our community, at least in Southern California,” Hellen Barber De La Vega, consul general for the Philippines in Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Times. “In the last two days, with the images of what’s happening in the Philippines, we have already received so many queries.”
About $7,000 was raised from the charity walk and collections from Filipino churches.