In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, Beyoncé has returned to her home town of Houston, Texas to serve up food to people displaced by the storm, and make an emotional speech at her former church.
Along with her mother Tina, daughter Blue Ivy and former Destiny’s Child band mate Michelle Willliams, Beyoncé visited St John’s Church,where she got her start in music, telling the congregation that she would support the community in its time of need.
I just want to say that I’m home. 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 want to thank you for lifting my family up, for praying for me, and for being such an incredible example of what light and love is. This, today, is a celebration of survival.
Y’all are my family. Houston is my home. I thank God that you’re safe, your children are safe. I think [all] that really matters is your health and your children and your family. I just want to say I love you. I’ve been blessed so that I can bless other people and I ask of God to continue to do that for other people.
Earlier in the day, Beyoncé and her family served up lunch to approximately 400 victims of Hurricane Harvey. Per reports in BET, she will also participate in a fund-raising telethon on September 12.