The stars of music and screen aligned for Friday’s (January 22) “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” telethon. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Bono and Sting were just a few who performed to raise money for Haiti, while actors like Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman and Reese Witherspooon answered phones.
Haiti’s devastation was a uniting cause during the telethon, one that especially touched the hearts of Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson, who answered phones.
“I want to do every single thing I can do that can help,” said Berry, who also made a plea for donations during the show. “Haiti can’t have enough money at this point. … If you’ve given, give again. If you’re ambivalent, open your heart.”
Henson echoed Berry’s conviction.
“I can’t express how important it is to continue to donate,” the “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” actress said. “Imagine wherever you live, waking up, and it’s turned to rubbish. Even if you think you’ve done enough, you can never do enough. Just put your loved ones’ faces on the faces of the people of Haiti.”
“Thanks so much for giving to give and care about the children and families of Haiti,” Berry said to those who donated during Friday’s telethon. “It is the best money you’ll give in 2010, mark my words.”