ABC/Image Group LABeyoncé returned to her hometown of Houston to show support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The powerful hurricane, which was a Category-4 storm when it hit Texas Aug. 25, caused historic devastation and widespread flooding.
It also prompted over one million people to evacuate their homes in the state and was responsible for 39 deaths.
The singer visited her childhood church, St. Johns Church, in Houston, Texas, Friday.
“This today is a celebration of survival,” Bey told the congregation while standing next to her mother, according to one fan site’s video. “Y’all are my family. Houston is my home,” she continued.
“I thank God that y’all are safe; that your children are safe. The thing that really matters is your health and your children and your family. And you got it.”
Beyonce added to applause, “I just want to say that I love you. I’m so grateful to God that I’ve been blessed so I can bless other people. And I ask you guys to continue to bless other people.”
Earlier this week, the pop star’s mother shared a video detailing Houston’s devastation.
Lawson also teased in a caption that Beyoncé and her team were planning to work with Pastor Rudy Rasmus, the head of St. Johns Church, “to see whats the best way to help the good people who have lost everything.”
Beyoncé announced last week that she’s aiding Hurricane Harvey victims through her BEYGood foundation.
She’s partnered with Houston-based nonprofits Bread of Life and Greater Houston Community Foundation along with Texas Southern University to “continue relief efforts on the ground,” according to her website, beyonce.com.
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