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Ivanka Trump donates $50K to Texas megachurch to help migrant children

Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter and White House adviser, donated $50,000 to a Texas church to help with the care of migrant children in South Texas. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump has donated $50,000 to a Texas megachurch to assist with the care of the migrant children who've been separated from their parents, according to a news release.

Pastor Jack Graham, who's led Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, for 30 years, thanked the first daughter for her generosity and kindness during Sunday's church service, according to a news release sent to TheBlaze.

“What if more Americans, whatever their politics, decided to take to heart the needs of others and do what they can to help? Countless lives would be transformed," Graham said, according to the news release. "Hopefully, Ivanka’s generosity will inspire many other Americans to get off the sidelines and actually provide tangible help to those in need.”

Trump reached out to Graham after he tweeted on June 19 about the efforts of his congregation.

"I've had the opportunity to meet with Ivanka Trump a number of times over the last year, and I've been struck by her kindness and concern for those in need," Graham said. "So, it wasn't that surprising to know she would want to help these families. But I certainly never expected to hear from her after a simple tweet."

What is the church doing?

The church has already begun working with Health and Human Services to assess the needs of the children in the detention centers.

"HHS officials have told us that the basic needs of the children are being taken care of," Graham said. "What the kids really need most is someone to brighten their day. They need someone to give them hope. Our plan is to create an event for the children that will encourage them and make them smile. Of course, we will also focus on how we can provide financial aid to families to assist them in their situation."

The event is already in the works for the first week in July.

What else?

Since Graham's announcement last week, the church has received numerous calls from congregations and Christians from across the nation who want to help.

"The beauty of America and the people in our church is that we don't have to wait for our politicians to sort out their disagreements in order to do what is right," Graham said in the release. "Our country is facing complex issues that will take time to fix, but this shouldn't delay or stop our response to the needs of others."

A Refugee Relief fund has been set up for those who would like to make a donation on the church's website.

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