Josh Duhamel Returns Home to North Dakota to Raise Money for Flood Victims
Josh Duhamel, now a big Hollywood star, has clearly not forgotten where he came from.
He’s returned this Labor Day weekend to his hometown of Minot, North Dakota in an effort to raise money for those whose lives were devastated by the floods there in late June. The flooding from the Souris River caused approximately 11,000 people to evacuate their homes, as well as damaged more than 4,000 houses, including his childhood home and his sister’s current house.
Additionally, scores of businesses and other buildings were severely affected. Duhamel’s middle school was up to its roof in water for almost a month, and most probably will be condemned. “I have pride in where I’m from and just want to help the best way I could,” Duhamel told the Associated Press. “People [from Minot] are as strong as they come. I’m not really worried about the will or spirit of the people.”
Duhamel, the honorary chairman of the Minot Area Community Foundation Recovery Fund, is today visiting with flood victims at a Red Cross shelter, and is slated to attend a benefit concert tomorrow featuring his wife Fergie‘s band, the Black Eyed Peas. Money from the concert will go towards helping people rebuild their homes. “It’s unbelievable how much devastation a flood like this does,” said Duhamel.