Sandra Bullock is more than just a talented actress, a beautiful woman, and a loving mother. There’s a side of her that not many people are aware of and it involves her heart of gold. After all, she’s not “America’s Sweetheart” for nothing. The Miss Congeniality star has a long history of donating to people and causes in need of help and these amounts are certainly not small ones.
From shelling out half a million dollars to help those whose homes and families were razed to the ground by the 2018 California wildfires to officially “adopting” Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans in 2005, the respect for the mother-of-two just keeps increasing. In fact, E!Online states that since 2001, she’s given a total of $5 million to the Red Cross alone to help out with relief efforts after various disasters.
Here’s a list of the biggest donations she has made for various causes.
November 2018 – California wildfires
In early November 2018, the state of California was ravaged by an inferno that has been named one of the deadliest wildfires in the state’s modern history, according to NY Times. The 55-year-old actress made headlines when she donated a total of $500,000 for relief efforts during the California wildfires, reported People. Where $100,000 was donated to the Humane Society of Ventura County, California, the remaining $400,000 was given to the American Red Cross.
Speaking to the Red Cross about the desperate need for help and relief, the actress said, “The untold destruction from these fires is heartbreaking, especially following the tragedy at Borderline in Thousand Oaks (shooting that claimed 12 lives after a shooter opened fire at a bar just days before the wildfires). I’m glad to be able to help. We’re all family in this, whether it be human, furry or feathered.”
August 2017 – Hurricane Harvey
Classified as a category 4 hurricane, the natural disaster swept over Houston, Texas forcing 39,000 people out of their homes and into shelters, according to The Balance. E!Online reported that the A-list actress pledged $1,000,000 to help those victims who lost their homes and their loved ones. “I’m just grateful I can do it,” Bullock (who owns a home in Austin) said in a statement. “We have to take care of one another.”
April 2017 – Svend Petersen
It’s not just when a natural disaster devastates countries that Bullock rises to the occasion to donate. When the Beverly Hills Hotel former pool manager who had been working for decades quit, he suddenly found himself homeless. He had been taken advantage of by realtors who conned him into selling his house at an unfair price, leading him into trouble with the IRS, according to Us Weekly.
He had been living in his car and eating only fruits before Sandra Bullock and other celebrities pitched into his GoFundMe campaign to help him out. The producer donated $5,000 to the then-86-year-old. “The strange thing is, I’ve never met her, but I’ve seen her in all of her movies,” Petersen admitted to Hollywood Reporter. “It’s so touching to my heart that she donated money because she doesn’t even know me.”
March 2011 – Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
The People’s Choice Most Beautiful Woman winner wasn’t just donating for calamities that struck the United States. In March 2011, when the Tōhoku 9.1 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck, it caused about 20,000 deaths and 2,500 people to go missing, according to CNN. Bullock was one of the celebrities who donated to the relief efforts. She gave $1,000,000 to those affected via the Red Cross, reported ABC News.
August 2005 – Warren Easton High School
When category 5 Hurricane Katrina (another disaster the actress donated for the relief funds) hit New Orleans, one of the oldest charter schools in the area, Warren Easton High School was reduced to rubble. However, Bullock was not going to let that stop the students from getting their education. She had donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help rebuild the historic campus, paying for band uniforms and athletic equipment. She even “adopted” the school, continuing to donate to the school long after it was rebuilt. In 2012, Bullock donated $25,000 to the rebuilt school, according to E!News and then again in 2018, donated another $50,000 as part of a fundraiser, according to People.
September 2001 – Twin Tower and Pentagon attack
The September 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, a shocking terrorist act that shook the nation, left 2,996 people dead and another 6,000 others wounded. It was a devastating time with families not even being able to say their final goodbyes to their loved ones. However, The Proposal star was one among many celebrities who donated to various relief funds to help those families. She herself donated $1,000,000 at the time.
These are just a few of the humanitarian efforts that the actress has undertaken. Well, here’s to Sandra Bullock, actress, producer, mother and humanitarian for the amazing work she’s done and continues to do, even under the radar.