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Five former American presidents extending hurricane relief efforts

President George W. Bush, center, poses with President-elect Barack Obama and former presidents, from left, George H.W. Bush, left, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, right, on Jan. 7, 2009, in Washington. Now all former commanders in chief, they’ve teamed for hurricane relief.
President George W. Bush, center, poses with President-elect Barack Obama and former presidents, from left, George H.W. Bush, left, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, right, on Jan. 7, 2009, in Washington. Now all former commanders in chief, they’ve teamed for hurricane relief. Associated Press file

The ex-presidents are extending their helping hands to reach outside of the continental United States.

One America Appeal, a relief effort started by all five living former presidents earlier this month, aimed to raise funds for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Now money can be donated and directed to Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

“In the Caribbean, donations will be distributed to Unidos Por Puerto Rico launched by the office of First Lady Beatriz Rosselló together with private sector coalition; and the Fund for the Virgin Islands which was established 25 years ago by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands for relief efforts,” the One America Appeal website states.

The effort was organized by men who once led the United States and are still alive. They are, in alphabetical order:

▪ George H.W. Bush, 93; 41st president

▪ George W. Bush, 71; 43rd president

▪ Jimmy Carter, 92; 39th president

▪ Bill Clinton, 71; 42nd president

▪ Barack Obama, 56; 44th president

The site allows for donations of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or a custom amount.

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