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The White House on Wednesday announced that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will donate a total of $1 million to 12 charitable organizations in order to aid with relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.
The recipients range from large national organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, which are each slated to receive $300,000, to smaller groups such as Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies, a nonprofit that specializes in rescue operations for people with disabilities.
"The President and First Lady witnessed the work of some of these groups first hand [sic] 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," the White House said in a statement.
At least one recipient organization has political ties to Trump: Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical Christian aid group, is run by Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Franklin Graham was one of Trump's most visible supporters within the evangelical Christian community. Since Trump took office, Graham has continued defending the president on social media and in the press.
Here is the full list of charities:
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