On Friday, Beyoncé delivered a very emotional speech to Hurricane Harvey evacuees.
She told the crowd at Houston’s St. John’s Church, “This today is a celebration of survival. Y’all are my family. Houston is my home. I thank God that y’all are safe, that your children are safe. The things that really matter are your health and your children, and your family and your life.”
— THE BEYHIVÉ (@TheBeyHiveTeam) September 8, 2017
Beyoncé was joined by former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams as well as her mother, Tina Knowles, who recently pledged to Harvey relief efforts through the BeyGood foundation.
“I just want to say that I’m home. This church is my home,” Beyoncé stated. “I was maybe nine or 10 years old the first time I sat where my daughter’s sitting. I sang my first solo here.”
She turned to pastor Rudy Rasmus and said, “I just want to thank you for lifting my family. For praying for me. And for being such an incredible example of what life and love is.”
During Beyoncé’s visit to the church, she also helped pass out food to Houston residents effected by the hurricane, which has caused historic flooding.
Beyoncé, along with Drake, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, George Clooney, and several other celebrities will appear on the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon. It will air tonight at 8 p.m. EST on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox, and NBC.