All five living former presidents just came together in Texas for a very powerful reason

All five living former presidents just came together in Texas for a very powerful reason
All five living former U.S. presidents — Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush — gathered in Texas on Saturday to benefit the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. (Jim Chapin/AFP/Getty Images)

All five living former U.S. presidents were together in Texas Saturday night to benefit the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The storms devastated many areas in the Gulf States and U.S. territories in the Caribbean earlier this summer.

What happened?

Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, along with Republicans George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, came together at Texas A&M University in an effort to unite the country and raise money for the storm victims. Each former president, with the exception of the elder Bush, made remarks.

Several major music stars, including Lady Gaga, rock band Alabama, Sam Moore, Yolanda Adams, as well as Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen played music for event attendees, according to the Associated Press.

Did President Donald Trump have a part?

Though he wasn’t in attendance, event officials played pre-recorded remarks from President Donald Trump, who offered praise for his country and peers.

“This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and devotion to one another,” Trump reportedly said.

How much money has been raised?

A spokesman for George H.W. Bush told the AP that since Sept. 7, the fundraising effort has raised $31 million. According to the organization behind the fundraising — One American Appeal — the massive amount of money has come through more than 80,000 donations, The Hill reported.

Where can I donate?

Here.

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