There is no denying that the fundraising efforts from Jensen/Danneel/The Family Business Beer Company have been amazing – at the time of this post over $225,000 has been raised on the crowdrise page, with Jensen and Danneel pledging a direct donation to Random Acts of $50,000. This is going to be an immense help to all of the chosen charities who will be benefiting from the fundraising, which you can read about, under the read more here.
But first, check out these thank you video’s that were posted by Jensen on his Instagram and also one shared by Danneel featuring JJ, Zeppelin and Arrow.
Our goal is to support charities that serve needs that may otherwise be overlooked, so we’ve chosen to support the following organizations:
Americares (www.americares.org). This organization helps communities recover from disasters by providing access to medicine, health care, and emergency supplies. They are currently on the ground in Texas delivering water, aid, supplies, and mobile medical assistance to hurricane victims. We’ll be supporting their efforts to make sure that these needs are served and supplies and care will be available to those impacted by the storm.
The Texas Diaper Bank (www.texasdiaperbank.org) works to get diapers, baby supplies, and incontinence supplies to those in need. They work with 10 different counties in Texas, and last year served 14,000 children and delivered over a million items. Your donations will help ensure that essential supplies are available to storm victims.
Long term recovery needs are sometimes overlooked during a crisis, so we’ll be supporting the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team (www.bcltrt.org). This group works with case managers to identify families with unmet needs after disasters and fulfill those needs. They work especially with low-income, uninsured or underinsured individuals and families and help them with recovery. Your donations will be helping to take care of some of these most vulnerable citizens in the community— now and long after the storm has passed.
Jensen gave a short phone interview with CNN and he talked about why they decided to start this fundraising effort; below are excerts from the interview, which you can read in full here.
“Supernatural” star and Texas native Jensen Ackles is in Vancouver filming his show. But as the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and unprecedented flooding continues to plague the Lone Star State, he’s finding it difficult to be away from his wife, children and the state he calls home when not working more than 2,000 miles away.
“It’s hard to deny the urge to want to help,” Ackles told CNN via phone.
Ackles, who credits wife, Danneel, for planting the seed for the fundraising campaign, is also making a $50,000 donation.Ackles and his family live in Austin, and he has other family in Dallas and friends in Houston. While they are safe, he said, “it’s going to be a long road to recovery for people that I know that are close to me.”
“I’m not there; I’m not able to do anything physically,” he said. “But I’m here, and what I can do is rally this incredible community that has been growing for more than a decade now, and I can try to harness some of that power and use it for good.”