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The five former living United States presidents have launched a campaign to raise funds for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The initiative, which goes by the name of "One America Appeal," was announced on Sept. 7 in a press release issued by George H. W. Bush's office, reports ABC News. The press release is posted on the website of The Carter Center.

Following the announcement, President Donald Trump tweeted his endorsement of the program, observes the Daily Mail.

"We will confront ANY challenge, no matter how strong the winds or high the water. I'm proud to stand with Presidents for #OneAmericaAppeal," the president said.

The appeal was launched with a Public Service Announcement titled, "Our Friends in Texas," which was broadcast during the NFL's regular season opening game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots.

A second PSA that addresses both hurricanes is scheduled to launch over the weekend, and a website for online donations has been set up at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

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According to the press release, 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."

That hurricane has displaced more than one million people and caused an estimated $180 billion in damages, the statement notes.

Although initially focused on Hurricane Harvey, the One America Appeal has been expanded to also encompass Hurricane Irma, which has battered the Caribbean and is destined for Florida.

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Former Presidents George H. W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter each appear in video-recorded comments for the first PSA.

"People are hurting down here," says George W. says in his segment, "but as one Texan put it, 'We've got more love in Texas than water.'"

His father, George H. W., a Houston resident, chimed in, "We love you, Texas."

"Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction, while also bringing out the best in humanity," observed Clinton.

Obama added: "As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover."

The press release promises that all money raised will reach its intended target.

"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," the statement explains.

Funds raised specifically for Hurricane Harvey will be distributed to the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, and the Rebuild Texas Fund, which was established by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Carter Center, ABC News, Rebuild Texas / Featured Image: Obama-Biden Transition Project/Flickr / Embedded Images: Pexels, Twitter via Daily Mail

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