Celebrities urge Twitter followers to help in wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Nov. 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM ET

With millions of followers on Twitter, various celebrities can often do their best work in the wake of a disaster by simply asking their fans to help. That's the ongoing case right now as the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan becomes abundantly clear in the Philippines.

Image: Desperate villagers, who have yet to receive any relief aid, react as a U.S. helicopter arrives to deliver aid in a remote village off Guiuan.
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One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed thousands of people in the central Philippines, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city.

From Pope Francis to former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, many people simply re-tweeted links to various web sites listing organizations providing relief to those in the storm's path. NBC News compiled a list detailing how groups such as The American Red Cross are helping.

George Clooney told Esquire magazine in its December issue, "I don't — for the life of me — I don't understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter." But that doesn't mean the actor has shied from lending his help after previous disasters, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. And Saturday night at the Britannia Awards in Los Angeles, the Oscar winner said he was sure celebs would again "rally some troops" to help those in need.

Throughout the weekend and into Monday, as extensive damage estimates and massive death tolls were being reported, celebs tweeted their shock, offered prayers and urged others to help in any way.