10 September, 2017
"As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover", said Barack Obama, president No. 44. The organization sends all the donations to help Hurricane Harvey victims through the Houston Harvey Relief Fund and the Rebuild Texas Fund.
"One thing that's important to note is that after the storm, more deaths occur than before the storm", said Bush, who saw nine hurricanes hit the Sunshine State as governor. "But as one Texan put it, we've got more love in Texas than water", said the younger Mr.
President Trump tweeted his support for the initiative late Thursday night.
They may differ on policy, but agree on one thing - hurricane victims need help.
The fundraising effort is focused on people affected by Hurricane Harvey, the destructive storm that dumped more than 50 inches in parts of southeast Texas and caused billions of dollars in damage and lost economic activity.
The campaign will also expand to incorporate the victims of the latest strongest Atlantic Hurricane "Irma" now ravaging the Caribbean and forecasted to strike South Florida over the weekend and subsequently move to Georgia. Bill Clinton and the Bush senior raised money for victims of the tsunami in Asia in 2014 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Those preferring to write checks will be able to do so through the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, which will oversee all the donations and keep them in a special account.
The campaign will also expand to include relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, which is heading towards Florida and the East Coast.