The 'Miss Congeniality' star has chipped in to numerous organizations every time there's been a humanitarian crisis without much fanfare.
Last month, Hollywood star Sandra Bullock made headlines when she donated a total of $500,000 to Red Cross during the California fires for California wildlife relief in 2018. According to PEOPLE, "In addition to her $100,000 donation to the Humane Society of Ventura County, California, Bullock added $400,000 to the American Red Cross, the organization recently announced."
Bullock gave an official statement about the need for philanthropy at a time of great need, affirming: "The untold destruction from these fires is heartbreaking, especially following the tragedy at Borderline in Thousand Oaks. I’m glad to be able to help. We’re all family in this, whether it be human, furry or feathered." However, Bullock's humanitarianism does not stop there — the Ocean's 8 lead has been silently donating to charities for a long time now, without much recognition from the media. From helping build clinics to personally aiding an aging pool manager at the Beverly Hills Hotel as he faced economic hardship, Bullock is more than just an actress.
The September 11 attacks were a group of four coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States that took place on September 11, 2001. The attacks targeted New York City and affected the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. They left 2,996 people dead and another 6,000 others wounded, though additional civilians did pass in the months following the attacks due to cancer and respiratory diseases caused by the terrorist attacks. In lieu of this, Bullock and other celebrities did their part to help those in need. During a telethon, "which aired on more than 30 television networks, 8,000 radio stations, and on the Internet, [celebrities] brought in more than $150 million in pledges," as per CNN. Bullock was one of the celebrities to donate $1 million at the time.
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake occurred on December 26 and caused a series of large tsunamis up to 100 feet high. While the tsunamis killed about 227,898 people in 14 countries, Indonesia reported the largest number of victims. According to Britannica.com, "Indonesian officials estimated that the death toll there alone ultimately exceeded 200,000, particularly in northern Sumatra’s Aceh province." The Red Cross reports, "Worldwide, more than 3.1 billion Swiss Francs was raised by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)." Bullock made a donation of $1 million to the relief efforts.
Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 hurricane that affected the US states of Florida, Louisiana, and New Orleans in August 2005. It was extremely damaging and caused catastrophic destruction from central Florida to eastern Texas. An estimated 1,833 people died because of the hurricane, but a specific death toll is still unknown. According to a report by Relief Web, Hurricane Katrina led to the largest Red Cross relief response till date. The charity served almost 68 million meals and snacks (four times more than what the Red Cross had ever provided during past relief efforts) and provided emergency financial assistance to 1.4 million families, which is nearly 20 times more than any record prior to Katrina. To these efforts, Bullock donated another $1 million.
The Haiti earthquake hit the Carribean country on January 12, 2010. According to Britannica.com, "The official Haitian government count was more than 300,000, but other estimates were considerably smaller. Hundreds of thousands of survivors were displaced." Some of you may remember the new version of We Are The World that was produced for Haitian quake relief on the song's 25th anniversary year. Bullock also contributed to relief efforts by donating $1 million to Doctors Without Borders after news of the earthquake broke.
The 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku was a magnitude 9.0 to 9.1 undersea megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred on March 11. The earthquake is often referred to in Japan as the Great East Japan Earthquake, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, and 3.11 earthquake. It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. As of June 2016, the number of confirmed deaths is 15,894 but more than 2,500 are still considered missing. During the environmental crisis, The Blind Side star donated $1 million to the Red Cross to aid earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
According to E!, "In 2005, Warren Eason Charter High School, New Orleans' oldest public high school, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane caused more than $4 million in damages to the school." Though Bullock officially "adopted" the school and got more involved in their activities in 2007, she donated $25,000 to help rebuild the school after the environmental crisis. In addition to this, she aided the school in developing an on-campus health clinic in 2010 and ensured a 100 percent graduation rate in 2011.
Artist Mark Bradford, philanthropist and collector Eileen Harris Norton, and social activist Allan DiCastro founded Art + Practice (A+P), a private operating foundation based in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, with the vision to support the needs of the community's local foster youth while also providing the community with free access to museum-curated contemporary art. In 2015, Bullock debuted a pair of custom-designed Rupert Sanderson shoes at the Minions' Los Angeles premiere. Later, 10 similar pairs, autographed by the actress, were put up for auction and all proceeds were donated to A+P.
Svend Petersen, the Beverly Hills Hotel’s longtime pool manager, found himself living out of a car at age 86. He was the manager at the famed hotel for more than 40 years. A close friend of Peterson's set up a GoFundMe page in order to save "The Cabana King" from homelessness. The fundraiser's description read, "[Peterson] used to own the house I lived in Hollywood and was my landlord. I received a call from one of the few friends Svend has left to inform me that he is homeless and has been taken advantage of by realtors who sold his house." Locals and celebrities alike rallied for Peterson, including Bullock, who donated $5,000 to the campaign.