Trump donates $1 million of personal money to Harvey relief efforts

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Last month, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that in the wake of the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump had pledged a million dollars of his own money to help the relief efforts.

The Trumps selected 12 charities and relief organizations among which to divide the donation.

The White House announced Wednesday that the Red Cross and the Salvation Army will each receive $300,000 from the Trumps - the highest amounts to be distributed.

U.S. 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.

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The storm damage and historic flooding damaged thousands of homes and businesses in Texas and Louisiana.

Eight other organizations, including the ASPCA, Habitat for Humanity and the Houston Humane society, will receive a $25,000 donation.

In light of that criticism, Trump had asked for recommendations from the White House press corps about which organizations should receive aid.

The White House said the president thanked the press for their suggestions.

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