Carrey, O’Donnell donate $$

Maher, Spears, Houston re-release coin adding to disaster efforts

Actor-comedian Jim Carrey and television host Rosie O’Donnell each plan to donate $1 million for disaster relief following last week’s devastating attacks on America, their publicists said Wednesday.

A statement said Carrey, one of the highest-paid performers in Hollywood, was making his donation to victims’ families ”with his deepest sympathy for their unredeemable personal losses. He hopes this donation encourages other people to contribute as generously as they can.”

O’Donnell, whose daytime talk show is broadcast from New York City, was making her donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, a spokeswoman for the show’s producer said.

O’Donnell and the Canadian-born Carrey are the latest celebrities joining efforts to raise money for victims of last week’s terror attacks.

Bill Maher, host of the late-night talk show “Politically Incorrect,” said he was donating a week’s salary to relief efforts, and urged others who were sidelined for a week by the tragedy to do the same, if they could afford it.

In addition, Britney Spears said she will donate $1 for every ticket sold from each of the 31 concerts she will play on her upcoming North American tour to the children of New York City firefighters and police officers lost in the World Trade Center attack.

And Arista Records is re-releasing Whitney Houston’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with proceeds benefiting disaster funds for the New York City police and firefighters.

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