By Tim Saunders on
John Mayer has given a double shot of charity to help survivors of the Haiti earthquake.
The singer has allowed the Red Cross to use his song The Heart of Life – as performed Larry King's Haiti: How You Can Help TV special – in a new PSA for the charity’s relief efforts. And if that isn’t enough, he has also given the Red Cross a donation of $500,000.
The singer joins movie mogul Tyler Perry in recent donations – Perry recently donated $1 million to relief efforts.
“I have raised my personal donation from $250,000 to $1 million,” he said. "I did this realizing that after the next big story comes along, the news media will pack up and leave the people of Haiti to fend for themselves. They always do.
“My plan is to do just what I did when I built those 20 houses for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Sometimes it’s best to wait for the frenzy to pass to really be effective. Haiti needs help now and there are a lot of people doing that, but they will also need help in the coming months.”
Perry plans to visit the devastated country in the near future to “see for myself how to put our donations to the best use.”
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