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Beyonce Returns Home to Houston: “Today is a Celebration of Survival”

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Houston, Texas’ biggest super star, Beyonce, returned home on Friday to “celebrate” with Hurricane Harvey survivors.

During a gathering at St. John’s United Methodist Church, the place where she started singing, Beyonce spoke from the heart to the attendees and displaced families.

“I just wanna say that I’m home,” Beyonce said on stage with her mother, Tina Lawson, by her side. “This church is my home. I was maybe nine or 10-years-old the first time I sat there where my daughter is sitting. I sang my first solo here and I just wanna thank you for lifting my family up, for praying for me, and for being such an incredible example of what light and love is.

She continued: “Today is a celebration of survival,” Beyonce said on stage with her mother, Tina Lawson, by her side. “Y’all my family. Houston is my home. I thank God that y’all are safe, that your children are safe. The only thing that really matters is your health and your children’s health. I just want to say that I love you. I feel blessed that I can bless other people and I ask you guys to continue to do that for other people.”

Also in attendance with Beyonce were her daughter Blue Ivy, and Destiny’s Child bandmate Michelle Williams, who all helped served lunch to 400 flood victims on behalf of the R&B superstar’s BeyGOOD charity organization. She also handed out lots of hugs and took photos with the families.

Beyonce, along with Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Barbra Streisand, Kelly Rowland, Jamie Foxx, and many other stars have signed on for a one-hour telethon set for Sept. 12 that will raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief. The event was organized by rapper Bun B and Scooter Braun.

“Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief” will air live at 8 p.m. ET across ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. Money raised from the national telecast will be allocated to a range of charities aiding recovery efforts in Houston, which is trying to rebuild after Hurrican Harvey left widespread flooding, forcing thousands to be displaced from their homes. The death toll from Harvey has over 63.

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