Stars ranging from Oprah and Adam Lambert to Ben Stiller, Crash director Paul Haggis, House‘s Olivia Wilde, LL Cool J, and Usher continue to use their celebrity as a platform to urge fans and Twitter subscribers to donate in the name of Haitian disaster relief.
Many are simply retweeting the information for Haitian-born former Fugee and solo artist Wyclef Jean‘s Yele Foundation (texting “Yele” to 501501 from your cell phone will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund; the charge will appear on your phone bill).
The Office‘s Rainn Wilson, who visited Haiti via the nonprofit Planting for Peace in October, is asking fans who subscribe to his Twitter to text the word “HAITI” to 9099 for an automatic $10 donation; actress Wilde, who also visited Haiti on a relief mission last month, is repeatedly encouraging her followers to give to Artists for Peace and Justice.
Oprah began her show yesterday by asking viewers to donate to the Red Cross relief fund; Usher is soliciting funds via his own New Look charity. Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Nicole Ritchie and others have all tweeted direct links to UNICEF.
Director Haggis, who formed the organization Artists for Peace and Justice in 2009, has garnered the support of a host of Hollywood types — Charlize Theron, James Franco, Maria Bellow, Josh Brolin, Diane Lane and Oliver Stone among them — and is currently soliciting donations on its website as well. Watch a video featuring several of them visiting Haiti here.
Also, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — the group behind Sunday’s Golden Globes — has donated $100,000 to Yele.