Bethenny Frankel Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims

As we reported, RHONY star Bethenny Frankel was doing what she could to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas through the B Strong Foundation in partnership with Dress for Success.

Now, Bethenny has gone to Houston to help the victims personally and do whatever she can to help.

“I realized this is the time to raise your hand and help,” Bethenny told PEOPLE.

“We’ve raised more than $300,000 in supplies and donations,” Bethenny, who arrived in Houston on Saturday, said.

“I just started calling contacts. Just, ‘Hi, who do you know? We need socks, we need underwear,’” says Frankel, who also also raised funds via her #ThisIsACrisis t-shirts. (100 percent of the proceeds go toward buying supplies.) “I found a tampon company [Lola Tampons)] that’s a start-up, and they’re giving away 30,000 personal care products. And one of my partners, Arizona Waters, is donating 60 cases of water. Beam [Global Spirits and Wine], another one of my partners, donated $10,000.”

“The Dress for Success building in Corpus Christi was completely underwater, so the first $20,000 dollars immediately went there,” Bethenny adds.

“Everybody I spoke to had water up to their waist and had nothing now but I kept hearing ‘God is good’ and ‘I’m lucky to be alive,’ ” Bethenny said of her visit to Houston. “I feel helpless and more helpful. I feel fortified by asking for money and bringing it directly to people who have nothing. It’s instant gratification. We saw people who have nothing when they walk in the door abut now they have something. We shared so many hugs and so many tears. They’ve inspired me.”

“Even seeing how grateful and positive they were made me realize what a great place it is to donate money because they are all paying it forward and inspiring other women,” Bethenny continues.  “This is the only time that I’ve ever felt that it was appropriate to say blessed.”

Bethenny adds that anything left over will be sent to Florida following Hurricane Irma.

“I hope this will help these women from feeling helpless,” she says.  “And any surplus goods will be sent to Florida for families affected by Hurricane Irma.”

We are praying for everyone that has been affected by the Hurricanes.

Photo Credit: Bravo

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  • Starr

    Bethnny looks just beautiful in that photo & what’s she’s doing to help is so wonderful.

    • JerseyGirl

      Agree!

  • Faux Gibbler

    No.
    Bethenny promotes herself. She didn’t give one penny of her own $.

    • Aunt Bee

      How do you know that? Can’t you give her some credit?

      • JerseyGirl

        Well said!

    • watching in ohio

      I’m with you..she dies nothing that didn’t promote her “image”! Awful woman!

    • cat62

      And you know this how? Are you her banker?

      • Faux Gibbler

        Bethenny clearly stated she RAISED the money. When you RAISE money you collect it off of people.

  • Pierre

    This is a side to Bethenny I really like. She really does her bit for charity and this is a great look for all housewives (take note!) and the franchise in general. The fact that she is as generous off the camera as she is on (if not more) says a lot.

  • Pierre

    Well said!!

  • Minx

    Kudos to Bethanny! What an incredibly Altruistic, Human act of Kindness! It is the little things, which we all take for Granted everyday, which make us feel human and a bit normal, when we are faced with adversity.
    I really Like Bethanny this season. I guess, knowing a portion of what she has been dealing with her Insane Divorce, helped me understand he a bit better.
    Her Foundations are impressive but hearing that She stepped up to the Plate, During a Disaster? This shows her true Nature and Character.
    This Month, is Overwhelming Tragic!
    Massive Fires on the West Coast. The Devastation from Hurricanes in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Haiti, Cuba and this weekend Florida? Now Georgia, Alabama and The Carolina’s?
    The 8.1 Earthquake in Mexico?

    Now today being the 16th Anniversary of 9/11?
    Lovely to read about a Random Act of Kindness.
    My Prayers for Everyone, Everywhere facing adversity!

    • Aunt Bee

      Well said Minx. I totally agree.

  • Faux Gibbler

    I didn’t read passed the “shut comment”
    Save the novel comments for someone who will read them.
    NEXT

  • Faux Gibbler

    Actually I didn’t. If I see an option to “see more” and the first sentence is an insult then I don’t read it.

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