Selena Gomez was one of the celebrities who took part in the Hand in Hand, a Benefit for Hurricane Relief that aired on multiple broadcasts and platforms Tuesday night. Selena Gomez didn’t attend the event that simultaneously set up call centers in Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York.
Selena Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas and shared the story of the Saldivar family who tragically lost their lives when their van was submerged in flood waters due to Hurricane Harvey.
Selena shared the harrowing tale of how Sammy Saldivar tried to escape the rising floodwaters with his elderly parents and their four great-grandchildren who ranged in age between six and 16. According to reports, Sammy Saldivar drove and when his father saw a bridge ahead, insisted they cross the bridge.
Sammy was raised to do as his father, the patriarch of the family said and they drove across the bridge. It was once they crossed that the road dipped, plunging the van into the flood waters. Sammy was the only one who managed to survive. He heard the children screaming for help as the van went under water.
During Selena’s pre-recorded message she was visibly upset and it was apparent that the story hit close to her heart. Selena grew up approximately 250 mph away from the Saldivar home. Selena was named after the singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, and the Sandivar family were her relatives.
Selena clearly felt a connection to the family and was overcome with emotion as she spoke about their immense loss.
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Selena encouraged people to donate, but also to join in support of one another to bring additional support. During tragedies and natural disasters, it isn’t only financial support that is needed, but emotional and spiritual as well.
The Saldivar story struck the hearts of many Americans who initially hoped the family would be found alive and well. It was one of the earlier indications of how severe Hurricane Harvey’s devastation and flooding actually was.
Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have caused great destruction, damage, and death to the nation. As focus and recovery efforts shift to Hurricane Irma victims, it’s important to remember the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Those who want to donate can do so at the official Hand in Hand 2017 website.