Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders to help the international relief organization bring rescue workers and medicine to Haiti, two days after a massive earthquake struck the Caribbean nation. Musician Wyclef Jean, who was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, and his wife, Marie Claudinette, are leading a relief effort through Wyclef's charity, Yele Haiti. Tiger Woods is considering a $3 million donation, according to Russell Simmons, which will fund a mobile hospital staffed by 50 EMTs. And Alyssa Milano, who donated $50,000 to UNICEF, is looking for a corporate donor to match the gift. Other celebrities, including Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, and Ashton Kutcher, are urging their Twitter followers to donate to the Red Cross, UNICEF, and other relief organizations bringing aid to the devastated nation.
Angelina has been a United Nations goodwill ambassador since 2001. Yesterday she released a statement saying, "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." Brad continued, "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."
Regarding Tiger's participation, Russell Simmons's rep said today, "I am waiting to have the conversation [with Tiger] tomorrow morning. I am hopeful that it is a yes. I am just asking for his heart and his hand, to meet the needs of the people."