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Catholic Charities receiving part of President Trump’s $1 million hurricane relief donation

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump return from Texas

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 09/06/17

From The Washington Post: 

President Trump gave $1 million of his own money to charities helping the Houston area recover from Hurricane Harvey, splitting the gift among 12 nonprofits, the White House announced Wednesday. The gift had been promised late last week. In a statement, the White House said that Trump and first lady Melania Trump had witnessed some of these charities at work firsthand during their two visits to areas of Texas hit by the hurricane, which was the biggest rainstorm recorded in the history of the continental United States. The White House said other recipients were “recommended, at the invitation of the President, by members of the White House Press Corps,” the White House statement said. The two biggest individual gifts were given to large, mainstream charities: the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army would get $300,000 each, the White House said. The next-largest gifts went to charities associated with Christian ministries.

The White House statement:

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced today a personal donation of $1 million dollars to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and have designated twelve organizations to receive contributions.  The President and First Lady witnessed the work of some of these groups first hand while visiting with hurricane survivors, first responders, volunteers, and Federal, State, and local officials, and are proud to further assist the recovery efforts in Texas.  Several of the following organizations were recommended, at the invitation of the President, by members of the White House Press Corps, and he would like to thank those who made recommendations for their attention to this important cause.  The President and First Lady continue to pray for the people of Texas and Louisiana.
  • Reach out America – $100,000
  • Red Cross – $300,000
  • Salvation Army – $300,000
  • Samaritan’s Purse – $100,000
  • ASPCA – $25,000
  • Catholic Charities – $25,000
  • Direct Relief – $25,000
  • Habitat for Humanity – $25,000
  • Houston Humane Society – $25,000
  • Operation Blessing – $25,000
  • Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies – $25,000
  • Team Rubicon – $25,000
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