Day Of Giving: Celebrities Help Hurricane Harvey Telethon (VIDEO)

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Day Of Giving Hurricane Harvey

By Shari Weiss |

Day Of Giving Hurricane Harvey

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Thursday marks a “Day Of Giving,” with celebrities participating in a telethon to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey. “GMA” led the event, but the call to action will continue all day on various channels and social platforms. See videos below.

At the Times Square “Good Morning America” studio, a number of stars showed up to personally answer phone calls from donors. “Scandal” star Darby Stanchfield, pictured above with John Leguizamo, tweeted, “So happy to volunteer today @GMA! #DayOfGiving.” Alex Rodriguez wrote, “Great people here for @gma #DayOfGiving @ashanti @JohnLeguizamo @aimeecarrero @kevinjonas @TonyDanza.” He added, “More great people here @gma #Dayofgiving @TheSharkDaymond @nflcommish @darbysofficial @rascalflatts.” Kevin Jonas also told followers, “We’re here at @GMA. Call 1-800-599 -GIVE to donate and I might answer your call! #DayofGiving.”

On the West Coast, Scott Foley and the Chmerkovskiy brothers were among those working the phones from ABC in Los Angeles. In a nod to “Dancing with the Stars,” Val Chmerkovskiy said, “I’ll be a helping hand to a incredible partner this season. For now let’s offer a helping hand and raise some [money] telethon on @GMA #DayofGiving.” From the East Coast, Rascal Flatts gave a moving performance of their inspirational 2011 song, “I Won’t Let Go.” As they performed, ABC aired heartbreaking photos from Texas.

In addition, Simone Biles was featured via satellite from the Houston Convention Center. “It was a bit scary,” the Texas resident said of going through the storm with her family, “but we’re all doing good.” She went on, “I feel like Houston is one of the strongest cities in the world, so it is amazing to see everyone giving back. Even people that have lost everything in the storm, they’re even coming and volunteering, so that’s super exciting to see.” The Olympian revealed the top supplies needed right now are actually boxes and tape.

Meanwhile, celebs who could not work any of the phone banks in person recorded messages urging fans to donate. Evangeline Lilly, Chris Young, Shonda Rhimes, Anthony Anderson, Jason George, Viola Davis, Aja Naomi Davis, Michael Douglas, Matthew McConaughey, Loretta Devine, Dennis Quaid and more had videos shared on social media on their behalf. The funds raised through “Day Of Giving” will go to the Red Cross. There is also a primetime telethon in the early planning stages, with a tentative date of September 12. Check out some of the “Day Of Giving” videos below.

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