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Ex-US Presidents to attend hurricane relief benefit

IANS | Washington |

Five former US presidents will participate in a benefit concert to raise money for hurricane relief efforts in Texas later this month, the media reported.

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will appear at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University on October 21 for the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” concert, reports CNN.

“The 43rd President and I, and our distinguished colleagues in this ‘One America Appeal’, are very grateful to these wonderful performers — some of them old friends, some of them new — for giving their time and talent to help the urgent cause of hurricane recovery in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean,” former President George H.W. Bush said in a statement on Wednesday.

“It’s important that those affected by these devastating storms know that, even if the path to recovery feels like a road that goes on forever, we’re with them for the long haul.”

This is not the first time the former Presidents have come together for “The One America Appeal”.

After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in September, all five filmed a video urging citizens to help out amid the devastating flooding, CNN reported.

They have since resumed the effort in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Funds collected through concert ticket sales will all be donated to victims of the storms and distributed from a number of charities.