Jimmy Fallon Announces $1 Million Donation To Harvey Relief And Introduces Powerful Gospel Performance

"In the face of this tragedy, we saw good."

Tuesday night marked Jimmy Fallon's first new episode of The Tonight Show since Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, and the host didn't let the storm go unmentioned. As he did after the violence in Charlottesville last month, Fallon shared a few heartfelt words on the subject.

"In the face of this tragedy, we saw good," he said. "We saw communities banding together, neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers, so many heroes." He mentioned the furniture store owner who opened his doors to those in need, people who formed a human chain to save a man from flooding, and Houston Texans football player J.J. Watt — whose online fundraising has earned more than $20 million for victims.


Fallon went on to announce that The Tonight Show would donate $1 million to Watt's fund to provide supplies to those affected by the storm. The show joins such celebrities as Sandra Bullock and Ellen DeGeneres in offering generous donations to help the Houston area get back on its feet.

The host also shared how inspired he was by a viral video of singers Victoria White and Marquist Taylor, who formed a "spontaneous gospel choir" in a Texas storm shelter. White and Taylor were then joined by The Roots to perform a powerful rendition of "Lean on Me" with their choir. Fallon dedicated the performance to "all the heroes in Houston who did everything they could to help."

Watch the uplifting performance, along with Fallon's announcement, in the video below:


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