In a remarkable act of kindness, Beyoncé returned to her hometown of Houston, Texas ready to lend a hand. The 36-year-old superstar touched down in the state, with her daughter Blue Ivy and mom Tina Knowles, on Friday. Driven by the intention of helping those devastated by Hurricane Harvey, the family went to their longtime place of worship, St. John’s United Methodist Church, with open hearts and teary eyes.
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Beyoncé helped Hurricane Harvey victims at her family church in Houston Photo: Twitter/Kirsten West Savali
“I just wanna say that I’m home," the Formation singer said to the gathered crowd of Houston-natives as she took to the church’s stage. "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.”
In a video, shared by Twitter user @Bey_Legion, the star can be seen continuing her touching speech: “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. I think that what 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."
Beyoncé’s longtime Pastor Rudy Rasmus revealed to ET: "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. She has, over the years, been very generous to our cause, and we continue to work together. She has been a huge benefactor to our efforts here in Houston, Texas."
Beyoncé and her family gave out food to the vicitims Photo: Twitter/@JarrieBradshaw
Earlier in the day, Beyoncé, her mom and her former Destiny's Child bandmate, Michelle Williams, were seen serving lunch to about 400 flood victims. ET first broke the news, writing that they rolled up their sleeves and wore aprons with the logo of the Beyoncé’s organization, BeyGOOD, which aims to make a difference on multiple fronts.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Queen Bey is set to participate in the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon. The event will air live across networks: NBC, ABC, CBS, CMT and Fox at 8 p.m. on the East Coast and replay at 8 p.m. on the West Coast. In addition, the telethon will be livestreamed across social media platforms.