Los Angeles, January 14 -- Hollywood superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have come forward to offer help to the millions left in ruins after the Haiti earthquake. The couple’s foundation is contributing $1 million for the aid of the victims.
The couple, known for their donations and charities throughout the world, have made the contribution to ‘Doctors Without Borders’, the organization working on the emergency medical operation in crisis-hit island.
Three of the organization’s hospitals in Port-au-Prince were severely trampled, and the staff was forced to work out in the open-air hospitals.
"It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades," said Jolie, 34, who has famously promoted humanitarian causes all through the world and is the Goodwill Ambassador for the UN since 2001.
Pitt, 46, who is also known for his generous contributions to various charities, said, “We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are now displaced from their homes, are suffering trauma, and most require urgent care.”
Jolie-Pitt are “devastated by the news”, which has also moved many other celebs, as suggested by their Twitter accounts.
Wyclef Jean, a Haitian-born musician and founder of the Yéle Haiti charity, said, “I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse.
“The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.”
Brad and Angelina decided to work with their “good friend” Wyclef Jean “to support the humanitarian efforts on the island,” they had said.
Jean and the Miami-based Give On The Go campaign together worked on text message donations, which charged $5 to each user who sent the text message of ‘Yele’ to 501501. People texted munificently, helping raise over $400,000 for the cause.
‘Help Haiti’ is currently the hottest topic on Twitter, which even inspired Twitter co-founder Ev Williams to tweet for the cause. "I wonder what % of people tweeting to text a donation to Haiti have done so themselves. That's not meant to be cynicism, just curiosity,” he wrote.
Williams then added, "The optimistic view: The desire to pass on the message may inspire a greater likelihood of acting on it oneself, having a multiplying effect."
The 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday has jolted the glam world and many celebs including Christina Applegate, Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, Demi Moore, and Ryan Seacrest have been tweeting to encourage followers to help the sufferers.