“If it wasn’t for NYC: the Lower East Side, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today,” she wrote. “New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion.”
The “Born This Way” singer continues: “Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours.”
“Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction stretched hundreds of miles and impacted millions of people and this will be one of the biggest Red Cross relief operations in the past five years,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross, expressing the organization’s gratitude for the generosity of donors.
In support of ABC’s “Day of Giving,” the network’s Barbara Walters and George Stephanopoulos both made sizable donations, with Walters giving $250,000 and Stephanopoulos $50,000 to the Red Cross, ABC.com reports.
But monetary donations aren’t the only way Hollywood is helping out.
Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gave clothes and Snooki Slippers. Sharing a photo on Instagram, the new mom wrote, “I’m coming with clothes to keep warm! #sandyvictims.” MTV Is also planning a live benefit on Nov. 15 in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity, called “Restore the Shore.”
Ben Stiller lent his time to the cause by serving up pancakes, bacon and eggs to New Yorkers at a shelter in Brooklyn.
“Lots of respect for all the people working at homeless shelters and those still not able to get home or power,” he Tweeted Nov. 3.
He wasn’t alone. Russell Crowe Tweeted news of his gift, writing “In honor of Set & L.I. Coast Guard & friends on Staten Island, donated to NYC Mayors Fund and plant a million trees fund,” on Nov. 5.
For more information about how you can help with relief efforts, please visit American Red Cross.
And for more on Sandy, including inspiring stories of rescue, heroism, bravery and resilience, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday