GOVERNOR ABBOTT: WE WILL REBUILD

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by Governor Greg Abbott

Over the past week, we have seen Texans and Americans come together and assist in the relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

As Texas begins its efforts to rebuild our communities, I have no doubt the generosity we’ve witnessed over the past week will continue. I am proud to announce that the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will be collaborating with the OneStar Foundation to form a relief fund for Hurricane Harvey victims called the Rebuild Texas Fund. The Dell Foundation will be contributing $36 million to the fund with a long-term vision for the recovery of the affected areas. 

The Rebuild Texas Fund will be a partnership among companies, community leaders, and individuals who will collaborate with state and federal officials to provide an additional funding as we begin the recovery process. If you want to contribute to the fund, visit www.rebuildtx.org or text ‘rebuildtx’ to 91999. 

Michael and Susan Dell have committed $36 million to the fund. They are giving half that amount to launch the fund, and started a matching campaign that will continue through midnight Monday, September 4. During the campaign, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will match $1 for every $2 in donations for the first $36 million raised.

I want to thank Michael and Susan Dell for their commitment to this state and to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Their gift is a true representation of the Texas spirit we’ve seen throughout this past week.

Seeing the way Texans have stepped up to help their fellow Texans in the aftermath of this storm is truly inspiring. The moments of heroism and selflessness displayed throughout the past week demonstrate what it means to be a Texan, a neighbor, a friend.

I urge you, if you haven’t done so already, to get involved as we begin this long journey to recovery. Contribute to relief efforts, such as the Rebuild Texas Fund, or volunteer your time to help those recovering from the aftermath of this unprecedented natural disaster.

It’s important we keep our fellow Texans affected by Harvey in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Though this storm has brought about innumerable challenges, we’ve seen the best of America and a reaffirmation of the unshakeable bonds of our humanity. Together, we will get through this.

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