Watch Beyoncé’s heartfelt speech to Hurricane Harvey victims

The musician returns home to Houston to help those in need

Beyoncé has travelled to her home town of Houston, Texas to help people affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The singer gave a heartfelt speech to evacuees on Friday (September 8) at St. John’s Church.

“I just wanna say that I’m home. This church is my home,” she said, with her mother and pastor by her side. “I was maybe 9 or 10 years old the first time I sat there where my daughter is sitting. I sang my first solo here, and I just wanna thank you for lifting my family up, for praying for me, and for being such an incredible example of what light and love is.

She told the crowd: “This today is a celebration of survival. Y’all are my family. Houston is my home. I thank God that y'all are safe, that your children are safe. The things that really matter are your health and your children, and your family and your life.”

Thousands have been left homeless amid the ferocious hurricane and major flooding.

Bey’s mother Tina posted a video on Instagram of the singer and her Destiny’s Child bandmate Michelle Williams serving food. In the caption, Tina detailed that it was their third stop, and that Bey had sponsored a luncheon for 400 people affected by the hurricane. Other volunteers gathered to provide relief as part of the singer’s BEYGOOD charity.

Drake has pledged $200,000 to help flooding victims, and other artists such as Janet Jackson have turned out to offer hands-on help.

Beyoncé will join the likes of Drake, Justin Bieber and Oprah Winfrey for the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon on September 12.