Friday, 18 March 2011

Sandra Bullock Donates $1 Million To Japanese Disaster Relief

American Red Cross has raised around $47 million in the U.S. since last Friday's earthquake.
By Gil Kaufman

Sandra Bullock
Photo: Ethan Miller/ WireImage

Sandra Bullock has opened her pocketbook in a major way to pitch in for disaster relief in Japan. As the situation in the country grows more dire a week after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami reduced many towns in the north to rubble and unleashed a potential nuclear meltdown at a power plant, Bullock has sent a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross.

According to CNN, the donation by the Oscar-winning actress on behalf of her family is the biggest celebrity pledge the Red Cross has gotten so far (though it may have received larger contributions that were kept confidential at the donors' request). So far, the American Red Cross says it has raised around $47 million in the U.S. since last Friday's quake, with $10 million already passed on to the Japanese Red Cross to help victims on the ground.

The Celebuzz site reported that Demi Lovato has also ponied up a $1 million check to help Japanese relief efforts and is encouraging her fans to donate as well. The site posted a picture of Lovato holding up a homemade Japanese flag with the words "please help" written in black magic marker in the middle. A spokesperson for Lovato could not be reached for confirmation of the $1 million figure at press time.

The pair join a list of celebs who've offered help and kind words to Japan, including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Joe and Nick Jonas, "Twilight" star Ashley Greene, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Blink-182's Mark Hoppus.

For more information on what you can do to help with earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan, head to MTV Act, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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