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Trump announces recipients of his $1M Hurricane Harvey donation

By Danielle Haynes
Trump announces recipients of his $1M Hurricane Harvey donation
President Donald Trump is briefed by Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander Vice Admiral Karl Schultz during a Hurricane Harvey response update from federal, state and local agencies and relief organizations at Fire Station 5 in Corpus Christi, Texas, on August 29. The White House said Trump picked 12 charities to receive his $1 million personal donation to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief. Photo by PO1 Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 6 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump designated 12 charities to split the $1 million donation the two personally made to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the White House announced Wednesday.

They hand-picked some of the organizations, while the Trump administration said members of the White House Press Corps -- upon request by President Trump -- made recommendations for others.

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"The president and first lady witnessed the work of some of these groups first hand 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," a statement from the White House press secretary said.

The breakdown of the donation is:

-- 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

Earlier Wednesday, President Trump agreed with Democrats to tie a $7.8 billion relief package for Hurricane Harvey victims to a measure to raise the debt limit in the short term. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the cost of the storm could reach $180 billion.

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