(CNN)As he typically is this time of year, “Supernatural” star and Texas native Jensen Ackles is in Vancouver filming his show. But as the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and flooding continues to plague the Lone Star State, he is finding it hard to be away from his wife, children and the state he calls home when not working more than 2,000 miles away.
Ackles, who credits spouse, Danneel, for planting the seed to the fundraising effort, 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.”
Ackles and the “Supernatural” cast aren’t the only famous faces doing so.
Kardashian and her family announced Tuesday they’d be donating $500,000 to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Producer and musician Steve Aoki donated $15,000 to the Humane Society of Houston and a matching contribution to The Houston Food Bank.
Ackles said Random Acts is in talks with about a half dozen primarily local charities, to which funds could be dispersed. The intention is to have term recovery needs are served by the contributions.
So far, organizers declared that Americares, The Texas Diaper Bank, and The Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team will be one of the beneficiaries.
The effort, originally set to run until Friday, has since been extended.
“That’s the amazing thing [about] human nature,” Ackles said of the efforts to help. “Especially being a proud Texan, I have no doubt that [recovery] will happen and it will happen quickly. People rally together in times like this, and it’s neat to see.”
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