Houston native Beyoncé was moved to tears Friday as she met with evacuees who were displaced from their homes during Hurricane Harvey.
The singer, 36, made the trip to the St. John’s Church in Houston, where she lent an ear to people affected by the torrential storm and the subsequent flooding that devastated the Texas city.
“This is a celebration of survival,” Beyoncé told evacuees.
Beyoncé handed out meals to the 400 evacuees at the church, and hugged people during her visit. She chronicled the day in a series of photos she uploaded to her Instagram account.
The pop star was joined at St. John’s by her 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, as well as her mother Tina and her former Destiny’s Child groupmate Michelle Williams.
St. John’s has a special connection to Beyoncé, as the singer grew up performing at the church during her youth.
“Y’all are my family. Houston is my home,” Beyoncé said as she addressed the people inside the church. I thank God that you’re safe, your children are safe. I think that really matters is your health and your children and your family.
“I just wanna say I love you,” she continued. “I’ve been blessed so that I can bless other people and I ask of God to continue to do that for other people.”
In addition to the visit, Beyoncé made a donation to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and is set to participate in Tuesday’s “Hand in Hand” telethon that benefits victims of both Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
Beyoncé was far from the only big name who visited shelters last Friday, as Janet Jackson, Jennifer Garner and Kevin Hart each made trips to meet with evacuees as well.
With News Wire Services