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Hurricane Harvey aftermath

All 5 living ex-presidents are raising money together for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and likely Irma

On Thursday night, all five former U.S. presidents — Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — launched the One America Appeal to raise money for recovery efforts in the parts of Texas and Louisiana hit by Hurricane Harvey. The donations, housed in a special fund through the George H.W. Presidential Library Foundation, in College Station, Texas, will be distributed through the Houston Harvey Relief Fund and Rebuild Texas Fund, and officials say "100 cents out of every dollar" will go to help hurricane victims.

The appeal will likely be expanded to include victims of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that has already battered Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, among other islands, and is on track to churn up Florida starting early Sunday. President Trump threw his support behind the One America Appeal, too.

You can donate at OneAmericaAppeal.org. On Sept. 12, all four broadcast networks — CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox — plus CMT will air a prime-time Harvey telethon, "Hand in Hand," with lots of celebrities making appearances from Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and San Antonio.