All five living, former U.S. presidents have officially expanded their disaster relief appeal to include Hurricane Irma as the Category 4 storm slams through Florida.
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama announced their “One America Appeal” to help communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.
A video advertisement starring each of the former presidents is slated to air during the first game of the new 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, but as one Texan put it, ‘We’ve got more love in Texas than water,’ ” George W. Bush, a former governor of Texas, says.
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.
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