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Kim Laughton

Schwab Charitable donors,

Growing up on the coast of Texas, I have an indelible memory of tracking hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico on a large magnetic map hanging in my grandparents' living room. Stories of tragedy and survival over the years made a lasting impression. My grandmother, who had made a habit over many years of riding out storms in Galveston surrounded by friends and appropriate refreshments, was wise enough to agree to be evacuated at age 95 just before Hurricane Ike flooded the island and her home in 2008. This past week, my parents and my brother have similarly lost their homes to Hurricane Harvey flooding in Houston. Fortunately they are safe.

One of the greatest privileges of leading Schwab Charitable is the chance to witness the generosity of our many donors in response to natural disasters. To make the process easier, we have worked with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to publish a list of recommended charitable organizations that are supporting the ongoing relief effort for Hurricane Harvey. We have also added 'Hurricane Harvey Relief' as an available drop down purpose for grant recommendations to these or to other organizations you may wish to support.

The outpouring of support over the past few days has been heartwarming. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to support others in their time of need. It is greatly appreciated.

All the best,

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Kim Laughton