Halsey, Bette Midler, Sara Bareilles, Gloria Estefan and more stars shared their thoughts on the massive explosion in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut Tuesday (Aug. 4) that has killed nearly 80 people and injured 4,000.
“Highly explosive materials” that the government seized years ago were found at the blast site, according to The New York Times, and one of the explosions was caused by a fire at a warehouse at Beirut’s port.
Halsey asked her Twitter followers how she could effectively and immediately help out. “My heart is aching looking at these photos in Beirut,” the pop star wrote. “I have read from a lot of people that petitions aren’t effective and donations can result in a dramatic exchange decrease. Can someone share with me direct information about how we can help most effectively and immediately?”
Fans started pointing her in the direction of a Help Lebanon landing page, which links out to crowdfunding initiatives for the Lebanese Red Cross and Disaster Relief for Beirut Explosion. The mass-circulated link also contains information about education, blood donations, environmental initiatives, protection of domestic workers, food and elderly care, and charities in Tripoli, a nearby Lebanese city.
See the stars’ reactions to the Beirut explosion below.
my heart is aching looking at these photos in Beirut. I have read from a lot of people that petitions aren’t effective and donations can result in a dramatic exchange decrease. Can someone share with me direct information about how we can help most effectively and immediately?
— h (@halsey) August 4, 2020
Oh my god Beirut. Thinking about all the people there. Heartbreaking. Just devastating.
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) August 4, 2020
Praying for Lebanon and its wonderful people! ✌️
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) August 4, 2020
there is so much more going on in lebanon than what meets the eye.
(sending all of my love to those affected by the explosion, their loved ones, and all of my lebanese friends.)
let’s do the work, folks— read here:https://t.co/IzIt8L3YfP
— rachel zegler (@rachelzegler) August 4, 2020