By Sarah Bull
Updated: 20:33 EDT, 14 January 2010
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are no strangers to helping those in distress.
So it comes as no surprise that the Hollywood pair have stepped forward to pledge their support to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
The couple are donating $1million to help the relief effort on the Caribbean island where the death toll threatens to hit 100,000.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated $1million to help the earthquake victims
The earthquake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale, is estimated to have killed over 100,000 people
Jolie said: 'It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades.'
Pitt added: 'We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are now displaced from their homes, are suffering trauma, and most require urgent care.'
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The Jolie-Pitt Foundation is donating the funds to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).
Its three hospitals in the capital Port-au-Prince were severely damaged, forcing the staff to work out of open-air hospitals.
The philanthropic couple are not the only celebrities to have made financial donations to help the devastated country.
Madonna has donated $250,000 to help Haiti
Pop superstar Madonna announced she has donated $250,000, and pleaded with fans to also help in any way they can.
She said in a statement: 'My prayers are with the people of Haiti. I can’t imagine the terrible pain and suffering they are experiencing.
'Sadly the depths of the tragedy are just becoming known and the need for our support grows more urgent with every passing moment.
'I have given a donation of $250,000 to assist Haiti’s earthquake victims through Partner’s in Health (www.pih.org) one of Haiti’s leading health care providers.
'I urge all of my friends and fans around the world to join me collectively to match my contribution or give in any way you can. We must act now.'
Also prominent among the celebrity fundraising circuit is Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean, who was born in the country and lived there until he was 13.
His charity website, Yele, was so deluged with support after asking people to send $5 text messages that it crashed.
A spokesperson for Yele confirmed they are working on the technical problem and hoped to have the website up and running again as soon as possible.
Jean, 37, who arrived in his home country yesterday to focus on his family and to begin helping with disaster relief, said: 'I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse.
Jean, whose uncle is Haitian ambassador to the U.S., added: 'The over 2million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.'
Haitian-born Wyclef Jean arrived in Port-au-Prince yesterday to start helping victims of the earthquake
Oscar-winning actor George Clooney has also voiced his support, and is organising a telethon with his celebrity friends on MTV in America next Friday to raise money for the country.
A spokesperson said: 'I can confirm that George Clooney is working with MTV Networks to plan a Haiti relief telethon for next Friday, but those are the only details we can share at the moment.
'It's all still coming together.'
Hull City footballer Jozy Altidore, an American with Haitian parents, has also appealed for help finding his missing relatives in disaster zone.
The 20-year-old told U.S. talk show host told Larry King: ‘We have missing on my mother’s side, two of my uncles and four of my cousins on my father’s side.’
American actor Ben Stiller also spoke on the show and urged people to reach out to the victims.
The Zoolander and Meet the Fockers star, who launched a charity for schools in the impoverished Caribbean nation last year, said he was devastated by the unfolding events.
He said: ‘I went in July with Save the Children and I was affected by the level of poverty there - [even] before this happened.
‘The hotel we stayed in is gone. It’s been levelled. I don’t know what’s happened to people I met.’
Lindsay Lohan (left) and Paris Hilton supported charity Yele on Twitter
The stars are all hoping their efforts will help encourage donations to help the devastated country
Other stars took to social networking site Twitter in a bid to encourage their fans to donate money to help the earthquake victims.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin, who had visited Haiti with Oxfam several years ago, wrote on his Twitter page: 'Haiti is a country of extreme poverty and brutal living conditions. Most people in Port-au-Prince live in tin shacks.
'The earthquake that has struck Haiti will have turned the city into an unimaginable hell.'
Rapper P. Diddy went for the short and sweet approach, simply writing: 'God Bless Haiti!!!! God please!!!'
World-famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey began her programme on Wednesday morning by pleading with viewers to donate to the Red Cross.
She said: 'This is a time where we, as a global nation, should come together and support those who are in need.'
Lindsay Lohan, who recently visited India to film a BBC documentary about the trafficking of children and women, called attention to Jean's Yele charity, tweeting: 'Anyone that may be listening's attention [sic]. Call 1884074747 State Dept for Haitian Relief Please help them..... I know I will as much as I can.
'Yele Haiti now for the disaster. Please do all that you can.'
Lindsay Lohan asked fans to help Haiti by posting a phone number on Twitter
Jimmy Jean-Louis has spoken of his relief after contacting his elderly parents in Haiti
Hotel heiress Paris Hilton echoed Lohan's comments, telling fans: 'You can help Haiti after their 7.0 earthquake and donate $5 by texting YELE to 501501 and by visiting www.yele.org.'
Nicole Richie, Benji Madden, Demi Moore and Joel Madden all tweeted to encourage donations to UNICEF, while formed Charmed star Alyssa Milano and actress Christina Applegate pledged support to the Red Cross.
Meanwhile, Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis - also a Haitian native - has finally made contact with his elderly parents in Haiti, who he had not been able to reach for days.
He told CNN: 'I got a phone call from my sister, who said she was able to reach home.
'So I picked up the phone, and my mom answered. The first reaction from both of us was simply to cry.
'They don't understand what's going on. It's almost like saying "Why [are we] living?" Shock is an understatement.'
His voice breaking, Jean-Louis added: 'Apparently they have not stopped crying ever since the earthquake happened.'
Yesterday, Jean-Louis said he was concerned about how relief agencies were going to be able to reach his home country.
He said: 'I don't think people have any idea how terrible this is because of the circumstances on the ground in Haiti and the lack of the infrastructure.
'There are no roads, and it is going to be extremely difficult for help to reach people.'
See Jimmy Jean-Louis speak of his relief below:
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