Beyoncé Heads to Hometown Houston to Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims
Beyoncé headed to her hometown of Houston on Friday to support victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The star spoke at St. Johns United Methodist Church, which she attended as a child.
Beyoncé addressed Harvey victims alongside her mother and longtime pastor Rudy Rasmus.
"I just wanna say that I’m home," Beyonce told the crowd.
"This church is my home. I was maybe 9 or 10 years old the first time I sat there where my daughter is sitting."
"I sang my first solo here and I just wanna thank you for lifting my family up, for praying for me, and for being such an incredible example of what light and love is," she continued, according to ET.
"This today is a celebration of survival. Ya’ll are my family. Houston is my home."
"I thank God that you're safe, your children are safe," she said. "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 star made the trip in connection with her organization BeyGOOD.
Clad in BeyGOOD t-shirts, Tina and Michelle helped serve lunch to flood victims on Friday, ET also reports.
Beyoncé was also captured distributing food to survivors in Houston.
Before the trip, she made a sizable donation to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.
“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said in a statement to the Houston Chronicle.
“I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”
Beyoncé's Houston trip marks one of her first public appearances since welcoming twins Sir and Rumi Carter this past June.
The pastor opened up to ET about the impact of the singer's gift.
"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," he said.
"She has, over the years, been very generous to our cause, and we continue to work together."
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