Bethenny Frankel is doing her part to help the numerous injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival on Friday, and she’s urging her fans to join in too.
The 51-year-old former Real Housewives Of New York City star revealed on social media on Tuesday that she made a $10,000 donation to the family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, who is in a medically artificial coma after being crushed on the Houston. -festival.
The reality star also pooled her funds from her charity BStrong to allow fans to donate to other victims of the wave of concerts that killed eight people.
Help: Bethenny Frankel, 51, announced Tuesday that she was donating $10K to the family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, who was trampled in Astroworld
In a close-up video on her Instagram Stories, Bethenny shared Ezra’s tragic story with her 2.3 million followers.
“I’m reading about this nine-year-old boy, Ezra Blount, who was at that disastrous concert—it should be called a Travisty,” she said.
They have a GoFundMe page and they’ve raised $14,000 dollars,” she said, though the campaign raised more than $22,000 of its $50,000 goal Tuesday afternoon.
Bethenny added that her charity BStrong had recently focused on the “homelessness crisis” and would donate 1,500 “vacation packages” to the homeless, although the charity would now accept donations for Astroworld victims.
She gave no details on how the rest of the money raised would be paid out, and the charity’s website says more information is coming.
Doing her part: Bethenny said the tragedy should be called a ‘Travisty’ and said her charity BStrong would temporarily switch from raising funds for the homeless to helping the victims and their families
Leading the way: On Twitter, Bethenny repeated her call for help for Ezra and other Astroworld victims
In mind: Earlier she wrote that she was up all night, think of those poor children (someone’s babies) at that concert’
Local case: In another tweet, she noted that her Houston charity was started in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017
On Twitter, Bethenny repeated her appeal for help for Ezra and other Astroworld victims.
“Poor 9-year-old boy fighting for his life – Ezra-#bstrong, is going to donate 10k to his family,” she wrote.
She urged her fans to donate as well, claiming that “[100 emoji] goes to the extreme, as always, with full transparency.’
She previously wrote that she was “up all night, thinking about those poor kids (someone’s babies) at that concert.”
She found herself thinking about the deadly events because she thought they were preventable.
“It’s so tragic…if something so needlessly could have been avoided, I’m relentlessly obsessed with how to change the course of events,” she wrote.
In another tweet, she noted that her charity was started in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.
“This is terribly disturbing,” she said of the tragedy at Astroworld. “Hopefully we can help in a small meaningful way. We’re focused on an effort for the homeless, but take the time to shift the focus here, because it’s horrific.”
Tragic: Blount was at Astroworld with his father and sat on his father’s shoulders to stay above the crowd, according to ABC 13 in Houston. As the crowd poured in, his father lost consciousness and Ezra was trampled; Travis Scott seen Friday at Astroworld
In bad shape: His family eventually found him in hospital, where he was in an artificial coma and had ‘major organ damage’
Outside the location on the day of the tragedy: Treston, left, and Ezra Blount, right, at Astroworld
Blount was at Astroworld with his father and sat on his father’s shoulders to stay above the crowd, according to ABC 13 in Houston.
But as the crowds poured in and people started falling around him, his father eventually lost consciousness, causing Ezra to fall into the crowd, where he was repeatedly kicked and trampled.
He was separated from his father and taken to a hospital, which his family only found out after some calling around. They found that he was in a medically induced coma to reduce brain swelling, and that he had also suffered major organ damage.
Ezra’s family and civil rights attorney Ben Crump is now suing Travis Scott and LiveNation for his injuries and for forcibly seeing others injured and killed, according to documents obtained by TMZ.
Even if the boy survives his injuries, the documents claim they will alter his “ability to grow and thrive.”
Objections: Bethenny retweeted donors with her thanks, adding in one quote tweet that the festival was irresponsible for having ‘people wedged together’ amid the coronavirus pandemic
Mixed Posts: She also defended Blount’s dad for bringing him to the festival after a user complained it wasn’t appropriate
Pointless: She said the dead and injured were ‘completely unnecessary’ in a follow-up tweet
Bethenny retweeted donors with her thanks, adding in a quote tweet that the festival was irresponsible for having ‘people wedged together’ amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She also defended Blount’s father for bringing him to the festival after a user complained that it was inappropriate.
“I hear you, but the messages are mixed when an artist is sold to kids who play @FortniteGame. [bullseye emoji] 9 years old,’ she replied.
She said the dead and injured were “completely unnecessary” in a follow-up tweet.
‘We are dealing with 3rd world nat’l disasters that are inevitable. This was completely avoidable. What else is there to discuss today?’
‘Hug Your Babies’: News of Blount’s injuries prompted Bethenny to focus even more on her own children, and she posted a photo of her hugging and kissing 11-year-old Bryn
The news of Blount’s injuries prompted Bethenny to focus even more on her own children.
“Hug your babies,” she captioned a photo of her hugging and kissing her daughter Bryn (11). “Life is short and can change in the blink of an eye.
“It’s not always easy to give them what they want while ensuring their safety,” she added. “Parenting is an ever-changing business and the world is not the same we grew up in.”