Although actor Josh Duhamel has been out of the country doing press for his film, 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' the Minot, North Dakota native isn't letting distance stand in the way of helping those in his hometown affected by recent, devastating floods. In fact, Duhamel's efforts to garner aid have been so effective that the city of Minot has just named Josh an honorary chairman for the flood's recovery fund.
"I spent the first 22 years of my life in Minot and still have family living there, including my sister and her family who have lost their house to floodwaters," said Duhamel in a released statement. "Minot will always be home to me, and it breaks my heart to see the devastation the city and its residents are going through. People from Minot are strong and come together in a time of need, and I know they'll get through this. But with everyone's help, we can make it easier for them to restore their lives and the surrounding Minot area."
On Saturday, Duhamel tweeted: "@BreakingNews @Fergie & I are watching your coverage of my hometown #Minot while out of the country. Please encourage @RedCross donations."
"It's really sad," says wife Fergie of Duhamel's hometown devastation. "His sister is going to probably lose her house."
The Insider's Kevin Frazier caught up with Black Eyed Peas superstar, who is currently on tour in Paris, for an update on her husband's efforts to bring relief to the city he grew up in. "He's up all hours of the night watching what's going on," Fergie tells Frazier. "His favorite pizza place, where he went to school, all that's underwater. It's really sad, and it's shocking."
As many as 10,000 people, one-fourth of Minot's population were evacuated from their homes as water began seeping over levees last Wednesday. For more information about the Minot Area Community Foundation, or to find out how you can help, please visit their website, and the www.MinotRedCross.org.