Five former U.S. Presidents are teaming up to raise money for the hurricane relief effort in Texas. The five former Presidents include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Donald Trump jumped on the bandwagon and has tweeted his support for the five men’s efforts.
The fund, called the One America Appeal, will be set up through the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation in order to collect and distribute the funds quickly and efficiently. The relief effort was announced during the broadcast of the NFL season kick off on Thursday night. Two organizations have been chosen to receive the funds, both Texas-based and dedicated to the Harvey relief effort – Rebuild Texas and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
The fund is expected to be expanded in order to provide relief for areas affected by Hurricane Irma as it moves over Florida this weekend. Irma, one of the largest recorded Atlantic hurricanes in history, caused unprecedented damage in the Caribbean this week and is expected to make landfall in Florida by Sunday morning. Hurricane Jose, expected to impact the Caribbean, is following close behind Irma and has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm. Higher than normal ocean temperatures and an atmosphere saturated with moisture create the perfect conditions for superstorms like we have seen this month, according to an article published by Vox this morning.