Texas inmates donate more than $50K to Harvey relief efforts

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Inmates in Texas prisons have donated more than $50,000 to relief efforts following the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey in August.

The New York Times reported that inmates in prisons throughout Texas donated $53,863 for Harvey relief after Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials allowed them to donate funds from their commissary accounts.


“There wasn’t a person within the prison system who didn’t know a hurricane was going on,” department spokesperson Jason Clark told the Times. “Texans are generous people.”

Clark also told the Times that some inmates had individually donated hundreds of dollars from the money they had saved in their accounts.

In total, 6,663 inmates donated money to the fund, which will go the American Red Cross.

The House passed a $7.85 billion aid package to help Harvey victims in September. The House passed another $36.5 billion this week in aid for communities affected by multiple hurricanes and wildfires, which included $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund.

All five living former presidents have joined together to raise money for hurricane relief, and President Trump donated $1 million to various charities to help with relief efforts.


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