On Thursday, all five living former U.S. presidents teamed up to raise money for storm recovery as Texas and Louisiana are recovering from Harvey, and Florida is bracing for Irma.
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama created the hurricane recovery effort called, “One America Appeal.”
This collaboration is the latest philanthropic effort by living former presidents and their first since Trump’s election.
For the Bush’s, Harvey struck close to home. George H.W. Bush has a house in Houston that he resides in for part of the year.
There will be a video advertisement that includes each of the former presidents. This will air during the first game of the NFL season on Thursday night.
Donations to this recovery effort will go to victims of Harvey, distributed to Houston Harvey Relief Fund and/or the Rebuild Texas Fund. It is also expected to help those that are affected by Irma.
In the video, Bill Clinton starts out saying, “Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction — but it also brought out the best in humanity.”
“As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover,” Obama says.
Carter says, “Our friends in Texas including President Bush 41 and 43 by doing just that.”
George W. Bush says, “People are hurting down here, but as one Texan put it, ‘we’ve got more love in Texas than water.’ ” George H.W. Bush, then concludes by saying “we love you, Texas.”
George H.W. Bush, then concludes by saying “we love you, Texas.”
Harvey has caused flooding in Houston and other places. There were at least 70 deaths as a result of this hurricane. According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the damage estimates of Harvey are to cost up to $180 billion.
You can watch the video below:
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