Beyoncé Traveled To Her Hometown Of Houston To Help Harvey Victims And Share Inspiring Words

"This today is a celebration of survival."

Beyoncé returned to her hometown of Houston for a very important reason this past Friday. The singer was there to support victims of Hurricane Harvey, as she served both food and inspiration alongside her mother Tina Knowles, her daughter Blue Ivy, and others from her BeyGOOD initiative.

In photos posted to her Instagram account, the team (including Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child) can be seen handing out meals and supplies, and meeting with victims. Many wear BeyGOOD T-shirts or aprons. Last week, a birthday tribute from Beyoncé's family and friends was shared on her website with a link to donate to the initiative.

Beyoncé previously gave a statement to the Houston Chronicle about her commitment to helping those affected by the storm, saying that "my heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected."

The singer's pastor, Rudy Rasmus of St. John's Church in Houston. also confirmed to Entertainment Tonight last month that she had donated money to the cause. 

"She's starting out with a significant donation, and that donation is getting us to launch out into some areas that help us more effectively impact the communities that have been the most affected," Rasmus said. "She has, over the years, been very generous to our cause, and we continue to work together. She has been a huge benefactor to our efforts here in Houston, Texas."

While she was in the city, Beyoncé also paid a visit to St. John's Church, where she delivered an inspiring speech. According to Entertainment Tonight, the singer shared that she considered the church to be her home, adding that it's where she sang her first solo as a child.

"This today is a celebration of survival. Y'all are my family. Houston is my home," she continued. "I thank God that you're safe, your children are safe. I think that really matters is your health and your children and your family. I just wanna say I love you. I've been blessed so that I can bless other people and I ask of God to continue to do that for other people."

The singer joins a number of other stars who have done their part to help victims of Harvey, including fellow Texan Miranda Lambert, whose MuttNation Foundation rescued dogs displaced by the storm, as well as Houston Texans player J.J. Watt, who has raised millions through an online fundraiser.

(H/T: Us Weekly)


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