Bush "moved by heroic work" in Harvey response


Former President George W. Bush has issued a statement on the effects of Harvey on Texas. From Dallas, Bush said he had spoken with Gov. Greg Abbott about operations underway in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. 

"Laura and I are moved by the heroic work of the first responders and volunteers who are putting themselves at risk to save others. The devastation breaks our hearts, but we are confident that these strong communities will recover and thrive," he said.

"Laura and I are pleased to donate to Team Rubicon, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. We hope our fellow citizens will join us in giving to these groups and others that are making a difference on the ground. We are proud of the people of Texas for showing the resilience and compassion of our state, and we pray for their safety and well-being."

Meanwhile, the organization Volunteer Houston has activated a virtual Volunteer Reception Center for those interested in helping nonprofit agencies provide assistance to people affected by the storm. The American Red Cross also urgently needs volunteers to support relief efforts.

PHOTO: Bush Presidential Library

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