Sandra Bullock donates $1 million for Japan relief efforts
Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts in Japan, where thousands of people have been killed by an earthquake and tsunami.
"This contribution is vitally important as the Red Cross works to provide critical assistance and essential relief items in this time of urgent need for so many people in Japan," CNN quoted the organization as saying in a statement, adding that the contribution was made by the Oscar-winning actress on behalf of her family.
Bullock donated $1 million to the American Red Cross in January 2005 to support relief efforts after an earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of southern Asia and eastern Africa. She also gave $1 million to the charity after the September 11, 2001 attacks and donated $1 million to relief efforts after a earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010.
Since the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on Friday, March 11, The American Red Cross has raised about $47 million in the United States, CNN said.
Many celebrities have pledged their support to help those affected by the disasters in Japan. For example, Lady Gaga designed a "We Pray For Japan" wristband, with all proceeds going directly to Japan for relief efforts.
Charlie Sheen, who has been bogged down by personal and legal problems in recent months, notably his firing from "Two and a Half Men" and a custody battle with his estranged wife over their 2-year-old twin sons, has also pledged his support.
The actor is set to perform several live shows across the United States and says $1 from each ticket sold is set to go to the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund.Click here to learn how you can donate to the relief effort.