Gwen Stefani joins Sandra Bullock in donating $1 million to Japan earthquake and tsunami relief
"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking, and I want to do anything I can to help," said Stefani, who gave the cash to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, Pop & Hiss reports.
"I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years," said the No Doubt singer and clothing designer. Sales of a special edition T-shirt in Stefani's Harajuku Lovers line — available next week at the No Doubt website — will also benefit the fund.
Among other celebrity efforts in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami: Demi Lovato was out urging fans to "Help Japan," Lady Gaga designed a $5 "We Pray for Japan" bracelet with all proceeds going to relief and Charlie Sheen has announced that $1 from every ticket sold on his Torpedo of Truth live tour will be donated.
Justin Bieber and Rihanna are among the names associated with a benefit compilation album, and Ne-Yo is in Japan playing charity shows.
Famous Americans such as Stefani and Bullock — who also donated $1 million to Haiti earthquake relief, did a PSA after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and supported efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Tennessee after last year's flooding — are hardly the only stars offering financial support.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Top photos: Sandra Bullock, left, on the Oscars red carpet on Feb. 27, and Gwen Stefani, right, backstage during her New York Fashion Week show on Feb. 17. Credits: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, left; Jason Kempin /Getty Images, right.
Left photo: Japanese travelers walk past a portrait of South Korean actor Bae Yong-Joon, who gained fame in Japan with his hit TV show "Winter Sonata," at a shopping district in Seoul on March 15. Credit: Jung Yeon-Je / AFP / Getty Images.