Selena Gomez was emotional in her pre-taped video message during Tuesday night's (September 12) Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon, which was aimed at raising funds for victims of Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and broadcast on iHeartRadio Hit Nation and 17 different networks.
"August 27th: Seven members of the Saldivar family try to escape the rising flood waters. Their van is swept into the bayou. Only Sammy Saldivar manages to survive," Gomez started at the beginning of the speech.
"I come from Grand Prairie, about 250 miles away from the Saldivar's home. Their story affected all who heard it and no matter who we are, the differences we have suddenly did not seem to matter. Since that day, we are joined together. Neighbor helping neighbor, without stopping to think about race, religion or anything else," the 25-year-old star continued in the clip as she held back tears. "If we are going to get through all the storms that confront us that's how we’re going to do it together — hand in hand."
Among the other names featured in Hand in Hand included Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Beyoncé, Reese Witherspoon, Adam Sandler, Dwayne Johnson, Selena Gomez, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, Kate Hudson, Stephen Colbert, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, Jared Leto, Tyler Perry, Barbra Streisand, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Bruce Willis, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Eva Longoria, Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Spade, Taraji P. Henson, David Copperfield, Andy Cohen, Billy Crystal, Josh Groban, Robert De Niro, Miles Teller, T.I., Ellen DeGeneres, Tim McGraw, Nicki Minaj, Matthew McConaughey, DJ Khaled, Kelly Rowland, Ryan Seacrest, Brad Paisley, the Black Eyed Peas, Josh Gad and Tim McGraw.
If you want to help out with the cause, simply call 1 (800) 258-6000 to donate using a credit card or text GIVE to 80077 to give $25. For the full list of celebrities involved or more information on how you can donate, head to the official Hand in Hand website.
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