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Trump to divide $1 million Harvey donation among 12 charities

  • The recipients range from large national organizations like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to smaller groups like Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
  • 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

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.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump load emergency supplies into the bed of a pickup truck for residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey while visiting the First Church of Pearland September 2, 2017 in Pearland, Texas.
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump load emergency supplies into the bed of a pickup truck for residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey while visiting the First Church of Pearland September 2, 2017 in Pearland, Texas.

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