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Sandra Bullock is putting her highest-paid actress status to good use. On Thursday, the American Red Cross revealed that Bullock has donated $1 million toward the organization's earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. It's the largest celebrity donation revealed so far (although it's possible that other high-profile folks have donated anonymously). Bullock made the donation on behalf of "her family."
"This contribution is vitally important as the Red Cross works to provide critical assistance and essential relief items in this time of urgent need for so many people in Japan," said a Red Cross spokesperson.
Bullock, who has said she's a "better person" since adopting baby Louis last year, has definitely raised the bar for celebrity efforts in Japan. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are both selling merchandise to generate funds for victims, while the Black Eyed Peas will use their new video (shot in Japan days before the disaster) to generate awareness for the cause. Then there's Charlie Sheen, who is donating $1 for each person who buys a ticket to his live comedy show. And while that's likely to be a six-figure sum, Sheen could use the good publicity from a million-dollar donation -- and frankly, he could afford it. Sandra Bullock ought to give him a call.
If you want to help the nation of Japan through this awful tragedy, you don't have to have a million dollars in your checking account -- you just have to text REDCROSS to 90999 on your phone to donate $10 (details here). Think that such a small amount couldn't possibly make a difference? You'd be wrong: So far, the Red Cross has raised $2.6 million since last Friday in $10 text message donations alone.