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All five living former Presidents of the United States have launched a joint effort to raise money for relief following Hurricane Harvey.
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama announced their “One America Appeal” to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.
A video advertisement starring each of the former presidents is slated to air during the first game of the 2017-18 NFL season Thursday night.
“Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction — but it also brought out the best in humanity,” Clinton says in the video.
“As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover,” Obama says.
“People are hurting down here,” George W. Bush says, “but as one Texan put it, ‘we’ve got more love in Texas than water.’ ” His father, George H.W. Bush, then says “we love you, Texas.”
The “One America Appeal” website included information on Harvey recovery efforts and offers ways for people to donate to help victims.
A statement announcing the campaign said it will also plan to help victims of Hurricane Irma, ahead of its projected landfall in Florida.
“As the nation carefully watches the advance of Hurricane Irma, the presidents stand ready to expand their appeal to help those affected by that storm,” the statement said.
The news released explains, “The former presidents were inspired to come together to lend their support to the people and communities affected and to the first responders, organizations, volunteers and neighbors who have been providing assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has already displaced more than one million people and caused an estimated $180 billion in damages over its 300-mile path of destruction.”
A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and quickly distribute donations to ensure “100 cents out of every dollar” goes to assist hurricane victims.
Donations are tax deductible. Funds designated to help victims of Hurricane Harvey will be distributed to the Houston Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state.
According to a news release from the office former President George H. W. Bush, the appeal will launch with the PSA “Our Friends in Texas,” which airs tonight on the NFL’s regular season opening game on NBC, and will continue with additional support and promotion from the NFL.