tv Former Presidents Participate in Hurricane Relief Concert CSPAN October 23, 2017 11:26am-11:49am EDT
2. former president jimmy carter, george h. w. bush and barack obama, bill clinton took part in a benefit concert to help victims of recent hurricanes. the concert was held at texas a&m university in college station. organized by the george h. w. bush presidential library foundation. this portion is just over 20 minutes. >> everyone feeling the music as much as i am? awesome. >> i see everyone own their control phones out -- cell phones out taking pictures. let's take a selfie. come on. get them out. can we get the crowd -- i'm just kidding. what you want to do with your cell phones now, help your fellow americans with your
donation. or visit oneamericaappeal.org and donate any amount. few words from the 45th president of the united states donald trump. >> fellow americans heart breaking devastation caused by hurricanes harvey and irma and maria and nate, along with the terrible wildfires in california have impacted manies of our -- millions of our fellow americans. as a nation we mourn for those who died. we pray for those who lost their homes or their livelihood. in the aftermath of these storms, the american people have done what we do best. we came together, we helped one another and through it all, we remained resilient. we came together as one as we rush to the aid of texas louisiana, florida, puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands.
now as we begin to rebuild, some of the america's finest public servants are spearheading the one america appeal. through this effort all five living former presidents are playing a tremendous role in helping our fellow citizens recover. to presidents jimmy carter george h. w. bush, bill clinton george w. bush and barack obama we want to express our deep gratitude. we truly are one nation, under god all unified by our values and devotion to one another. i want to thank every person who contributed. there's a lot of work ahead of us. i want to thank groups like the points of life for making such a big difference in our disaster response efforts. together we will recover we will rebuild and we will come
back stronger and better than ever before. thank you god bless you. may god bless the united states of america. >> as texas, florida and for puerto rico faces aftermath of hurricanes harvey, irma and maria. citizens stepped to served their communities to recovery. here to talk more about the foundation and to present awards is president and ceo of point of life natalie and chairman neil bush. >> thank you for your outstanding patriotism. thank you to all the artists
here tonight for volunteering your time and talent. i'm proud to chair points of light and proud to support my father's legacy of service and volunteerism. it is our privilege to share the moving stair stories of everyday american who acted on impulse to help others. in my hometown of houston, half mile from our home, entire neighborhoods and entire neighborhood like so many communities was flooded. my wife and i went down the street to help with the clean up and that we were inspired by what we saw. a neighborhood darkened by flood damage, was shining with a bright light of neighbors helping neighbors. a community rising up. we work side by side with groups from the first baptist church, and 400 samaritans. corporations searches, service clubs all across the city.
the mayor saw this happen helping their members parishioners and employees and many others to clear contaminated flooring, walls and property. volunteers all united in service. when it came to pulling people out of homes and pulling up damaged floors, no one cared whether you were rich or poor, black, white, brown, christian jew or atheist, gay or straight, the truth is, service unites. people committed to serving others unite around our common humanity. >> strength, flows from those simple acts of service. the inclination of one american to help another creates kinder and gentler communities. it binds us together as a
nation. the recent natural disasters have shown us that yes neighbors help neighbors and fellow americans help each other regardless of where they are. in new orleans sherry led a group of volunteers to houston where they conducted search and rescue efforts to save animals trapped in flooded home. rafael dogger -- organized a group that shipped relief aid with support of 113th air national guard wings. these stories show how individuals translate common interest into a common cause making a difference in the lives of others.
♪ >> what's it like or the souls of america. they are ordinary people. >> who reach beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need. bringing hope and opportunity care and friendship. >> by giving so generously of themselves. these remarkable individuals show us all. >> not only what is best in our heritage but what all of us are called to become. >> seeking refuge. we heard it was a shelter. when i walked to the doors, it powers out. the drop ceilings fallen. sewage running out the bathrooms. >> we have about 250 people hear. >> i noticed couple of young kids age 16 to 19, they wanted to help. weren't quite sure how. when you're in a position to help others, when they cannot help themselves, it's your duty to do so. it's no longer a we situation
it's a we situation. >> seeing this storm as it was coming, having been through hurricane andrew, i remember whatswhat it was like. utilizing social media and but youing out posts we have a group of veterans looking to help. i was nervous about individuals who didn't have the means to put up shutters. if you just put it out there and ask others around you, how can we do this. that gets it started. >> the story begins with me be a wedding planner and having a couple that was getting married on september 3rd. a text that i sent to them with a photo of downtown, which is where our location was submerged. from there, i asked them if they
like to spend their weekend doing a recover initiative. they loved that idea. they thought they would have about 100 people at their wedding party that would join them. this was a selfless act that ignited an incredible idea. i'm call out with a pledge to find you and pair you up with an initiative. >> that went viral. we've now cleared 250 homes and moved thousands of volunteers to help. >> there were moments i thought about how do we do more? how do we engage more individuals to quickly help those hundreds and thousands of families. able to mobilize to serve at food bank. we were able to send truckloads of milk and water to beaumont.
whatever we can do to ensure that we help other human being to ensure quality of life, that's a blessing that god bestowed on us. >> this kind of volunteer work is different, traditional volunteer work. we've built these tools and resources that are really helping people with relief with recovery, with rescue. if it wasn't for the rescue, people would have been stranded. there was flooding and rising water. it was really impactful. >> volunteers being the one there for somebody in their time of need matters in this spirit of point of light, you are that point of life. >> we just did what we needed to do because that's what humanity does. to help fellow brother and their
sister just to be one, with a celebration that love is stronger than water. >> lot of what we did i like to believe helped people make it through this difficult time when they were just looking hoping, praying for their there to be a little bit of help. >> people just get overwhelmed thinking they have to do something huge to have an impact. it really just something small as going through neighbor and asking if they need help. >> today, i'm able to help one person, one human being. it was agree to see that tomorrow when i need help when my children need help, i can count on my neighbor, my community, my city and my country to help. [applause]
>> we saw high to you a allal. it's a great pleasure for me to be here with other presidents to carry this project. i jayed seeing what the points of light does for the country. i seen that for many years. i like to remained people remind people that habitat for humanity is located in georgia. my wife and i worked with habitat now for 36 years. at least one week each year. america is known for volunteer work. we're ahead of any other nation. last year, there were 67 million americans who volunteered to help other people in america. that came to 8 billion hours of work worth $184 billion.
that's what volunteers did last year. this year they'll do lot more. that's about one out of five of total population of america. we'll see what the others do. habitat has agreed to fill 6000 houses in a devastated area. to do this all us habitat vos will raise $100 million. we've raised $20 million. we got a long way to go. this is a wonderful project and if you want to contribute, obviously -- you can remember this. 1-800-habitat. let's all work together and make
america a greater volunteer nation. thank you very much. [applause] >> when president george h. w. bush was trying to persuade the congress to pass one of his endeavors the americans with disabilities act. he said, our problems are great but the heart of america is greater. that's what we're here to celebrate. we were all citizens even us, before we were politicians. after our time was up, we became citizens again. we've been volunteering since before our constitution when
benjamin franklin organized the first volunteer fire department in philadelphia. our neighbors, our friends, have gotten an enormous amount of equity from all these volunteers and a lot of money. but make no mistake about it, these were grievous back-to-back. there's work to be done in texas and florida and our friends in puerto rico and virgin islands have only begun to dig their way out of what could be a still calamitous disaster. but can be a new beginning. if we just do what we ought to do and prove that the heart of america without regard to race or religion or political party is greater than our problems.
[applause] >> all of us on this stage here tonight could not be prouder of the response of americans. when they see their neighbors and they see their friends, they see strangers in need americans step up. as heart breaking as the tragedies that took place here in texas and florida and puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands have been what we've also seen is the spirit of america at its best. when ordinary people step up and do extraordinary things.
one america appeal is part of that process. i want to thank president george w. bush and most of all an outstanding american, somebody who has always shown grace and character and courage and served america nobly throughout the years, president george h. w. bush. we are so proud to be with him today. [applause] he sets example for all of us. as does first lady barbara bush. that spirit of volunteerism, that spirit that says we're all in this together, that dire
times ignores all the differences we had before, that spirit is exemplified by the five point of life recipients who stories you saw on the screen and here tonight. it is my great pleasure to bring these outstanding americans to the stage so this you can acknowledge the extraordinary work that they have done. i hope everybody watching is inspired by the work they've done.
>> in 1989, president george h. w. bush created the daily point of light award to celebrate the power of an individuals to make a difference in the lives of others. he was the first president in american history to institute a daily presidential recognition program from the white house. points of light proudly stewards this legacy by continuing to honor individuals with daily point of light awards over 6000 to date. we are grateful to have president carter, president bush 41 president clinton, president
bush 43 and president obama standing with us. thank you as we recognize and honor the following individuals point of light. zachary deering for his volunteer leadership at an evacuation shelter. leah, for using her technology skills to be a virtual volunteer for storm survivors in texas and home state of florida. marod for mobilizing 2500 members of the muslim communities as volunteers. pat screech for using her professional skills as a wedding planner to organize volunteers to begin rebuilding more than