President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump load emergency supplies into the bed of a pickup truck for residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey while visiting the First Church of Pearland September 2, 2017 in Pearland, Texas.
At least one recipient organization has political ties to Trump: Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian aid group, is run by Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Franklin Graham was one of Trump’s most visible supporters within the evangelical Christian community. Since Trump took office, Graham has continued defending the president on social media and in the press.
Here is the full list of charities:
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