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Rihanna Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort: Singer Donates Goods, Plans Event At Jay-Z's 40/40 Club

11/09/2012 12:59 pm 12:59:34

Rihanna may be busy promoting her upcoming album, "Unapologetic," but the famous R&B singer has found time to spare for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Rihanna donated 1,000 sleeping bags to the New York Daily News' Hurricane Sandy relief effort and has planned a free event at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club to collect more goods, according to the Daily News. Rihanna will transform her album's listening party into a Sandy collection rally on Friday, asking guests to bring diapers, cleaning supplies and clothing for victims of the disaster.

The “Rihanna & Friends” bash will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club on W. 25th St. in New York City.

During a Facebook chat with Bravo's Andy Cohen on Thursday, Rihanna also revealed that she will donate $100,000 to the Food Bank for New York City, MTV News reports.

"It's really difficult to see something so tragic going on and not be able to do anything about it," she told Cohen, according to MTV News. "There's nothing you can control, it's Mother Nature. It's really sad what happened here." The Barbadian singer also spoke about the 40/40 Club bash. "Everybody's asked to donate blankets and bleach ... they want cleaning [supplies], brooms, sleeping bags. And they get to listen to the album if they donate that stuff."

Rihanna is not the only superstar to get involved in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Justin Bieber, who performed along the "Diamonds" singer at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday in New York City, is also doing his part. Bieber took to Twitter to get his fans involved.

Lady Gaga, a New York City native, announced Tuesday that she has pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Sandy Relief in her home city.

"If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today," she wrote on her blog, LittleMonsters.com. "New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours."

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