Former Presidents Launch Campaign to Assist Hurricane Victims

WASHINGTON — The five living former presidents of the United States — Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — have launched a new campaign to urge support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. They also may expand the appeal to those who are hit by Hurricane Irma.

The campaign is launching with a public service announcement called “Our Friends in Texas” that will run during NBC’s NFL game broadcast on Thursday evening. The five presidents all appear in the 30-second spot. The effort is being called One America Appeal, and a website has been set up to take donations.

“Every storm is unique, but a look at Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented intensity helps explain why the One America Appeal came to life,” reads a message on the site.



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A special restricted account was established through the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect donations, and to “ensure that 100 cents out of every dollar goes to assist hurricane victims,” according to the announcement. The money will be distributed to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which focuses on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund.

One America Appeal also is watching Hurricane Irma, which has already caused destruction in the Caribbean, to determine how the campaign can help those victims.

Clinton and George W. Bush teamed up in 2010 to form a nonprofit to assist the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Clinton and George H.W. Bush also teamed up to raise money for the relief efforts after the 2005 Asian tsunami and later Hurricane Katrina.

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  1. Dana says:

    Ok that was the info we had in mind about the Red Cross, that they have the highest percent that actually goes to the cause and not adm exp@ Cindy spencer
    comment below; 91 cents out of every dollar for the Red Cross.
    Most charities and nonprofits
    are 5 cents out of every dollar.
    Some smaller charities are all volunteer and give 100 percent. Never get any promo. Oh..right … they don’t spend donation money on adverts. !!!!!

  2. Dana says:

    Yes we’re too stupid to donate money to the Red Cross. Run by volunteers.
    no excessive parties, plane trips, offices, staff, and expensive ads to pay for.
    Like the ‘haiti’ scam hrc pulled benefitting her relatives as the bidders on reconstruction projects that received money and were never completed.

    • Jean says:

      The Red Cross has one of the highest administrative costs of any charity. Yes, they do good; but more good from them could be done with less overhead. The head of TRC makes multi-millions; gives back some in donations-but at what percentage of salary/compensation? When my father-in-law came off the front lines after months of fighting in Europe during WWII, TRC charged, yes, CHARGED, the soldiers for soap and razors. The Salvation Army handed out same for FREE! He never gave to TRC; did to the TSA.

      • Cindy Spencer says:

        I just researched the Red Cross today because a relative said someone told her they were bad. First I would like to say that they saved us in a time of need. Our house burned just after Christmas and we lost everything. Red Cross gave us food vouchers, clothes vouchers, paid our first month rent and deposit on another house, and replaced our sons medicines. They give 91 cents out of every dollar. They do have a big overhead. Here is a breakdown of what they have to put out, which I feel are important.

      • Dana says:

        Omg. All are scams.
        Roberts. The Salvation Army is not required to file a Form 990 with the IRS because it is primarily a religious organization, but according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Roberts’ last reported total annual compensation was $126,920, much ………..

      • Sam says:

        Omg it’s another pbs. Most people are told it’s run by volunteers. Lies.
        ……..“Gail McGovern is our Red Cross president and CEO and is paid $500,000 a year — this is considered to be in the mid-range for a large nonprofit in the range of $3.4 billion a year…………
        So ALL fundraising nonprofit foundations are scams. !!!!!

      • Sam says:

        Ok maybe it was the Salvation Army.
        That’s funny because most people are under the impression Red Cross is volunteer.

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