Chrissy Tiegen Donates $20,000 to Burned Louisiana Black Churches as Fundraiser Passes $2 Million

A fundraiser to rebuild three historically black Louisiana churches recently targeted in suspected arson attacks has surpassed its $1.8 million target. As of 3 a.m. E.T. Thursday, donations had hit $1,840,000.

Several celebrities, including model Chrissy Tiegen, have donated to the cause, according to writer Yashar Ali, owner of one of several high profile accounts who tweeted about the churches Tuesday. Tiegen donated $20,000 to the cause, Ali reported on Twitter.

Other celebrities, including actors Susan Sarandon, Patricia Arquette, Kristin Davis and Busy Philipps also made sizeable donations, the writer said.

After the campaign passed its goal, Davis, best known for her work on Sex and the City tweeted : “Woo hoo hooo! Thank you to every single person who gave their hard earned cash or retweeted or told their friends about helping the good ppl in Louisiana rebuild their churches. This is humanity at [its] best!”

Although the Seventh District Baptist Association fundraiser was created April 10, donations have poured in since Tuesday in the wake of the Notre Dame fire that tore through the iconic Paris cathedral. Ali, CNN anchor Jake Tapper and even former secretary of state Hillary Clinton shared the fundraiser on social media.

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Katherine Hignett