Bethenny Frankel Donates $50,000 to Red Cross to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief

Celebrity News Nov. 2, 2012 AT 11:30AM
Bethenny Frankel attends the Daytime Emmy Awards on June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Bethenny Frankel attends the Daytime Emmy Awards on June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Christopher Polk/WireImage.com

New Yorker Bethenny Frankel is giving back after Hurricane Sandy.

The Skinnygirl mogul has donated $50,000 to the Red Cross to help relief efforts in New Jersey, a source close to the Bethenny talk show host tells Us Weekly.

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"Bethenny is an East Coast girl," the source says, "and hopes the stream of donations from people all over America and the world will reach those affected, save more lives and help build back the East Coast. It is so important in times like this that we come together and help in any way we can."

In addition, Skinnygirl cocktails matched Frankel's personal donation and gave $50,000 to the Red Cross as well. Skinnygirl Daily donated 5,000 On-the-Go Bars (with a $10,000 retail value) to New Jersey for Red Cross to give out.

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Frankel, 41, who lives in NYC with husband Jason Hoppy and daughter Bryn, 2, shared her reaction of Sandy's destruction with her Twitter followers Tuesday.

"We just woke up. So sad about all of the terrible deaths and tragedies," she wrote. "Love and prayers to your families. Is hurricane sandy over?"

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Frankel later added, "The only bright light during the stress of sandy is that I've been with my family 24 hours a day for a week."

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