Following in the footsteps of Oscar winner [article id="1660178"]Sandra Bullock[/article], Gwen Stefani has pledged to donate $1 million to earthquake-relief efforts in Japan.
The No Doubt singer and solo star announced on Wednesday that she had written a major check to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to help with recovery efforts in the devastated nation.
"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture," Stefani said in a
target="_blank">statementposted on the No Doubt website. "The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking, and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years."
Stefani, who also is a clothing designer, is asking her fans to get in on the action as well, by pledging to unveil a limited-edition Harajuku Lovers T-shirt from her L.A.M.B. clothing line on No Doubt's website, with all proceeds from sales going to help the relief efforts.
In addition, a charity auction will be announced next week that will offer the chance to join Stefani at a special fundraiser in Los Angeles. She also encouraged her fans to donate directly to Save the Children if they want to get involved.
Internet sensation [article id="1660469"]Rebecca Black, who announced on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"[/article] on Tuesday that she's giving proceeds from her "Friday" single to Japan relief, also is donating profits from the sales of an "It's Friday" T-shirt to the American Red Cross' efforts in the stricken country.
Other artists who've stepped up to aid the people of Japan include [article id="1660285"]Hanson[/article], [article id="1660383"]Ne-Yo[/article], [article id="1659769"]Lady Gaga[/article], [article id="1659904"]Katy Perry[/article] and [article id="1660377"]Justin Bieber[/article].
For more information on what you can do to help with earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan head to MTV Act, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.