Selena Gomez broke down in tears on Tuesday night's (September 12) Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon, during which she recounted the dire fates of family members of the late Selena Quintanilla, who perished during the storm.
Gomez told the devastating story of a man named Sammy Saldivar, whose family was killed during Harvey.
In it, she talked about the Saldivars, a family of seven, six of whom died while trying to escape the torrential floods of Hurricane Harvey when their van was submerged by water. Their van is swept into the bayou. Only Sammy Saldivar manages to survive.
It hit her heart'I come from Grand Prairie about 250 miles away from the Saldivar’s home' she continued while holding back tears
"August 27th, seven members of the Saldivar family try to escape the rising floodwaters". Selena grew up approximately 250 miles per hour away from the Saldivar home.
The Saldivar story struck the hearts of many Americans who initially hoped the family would be found alive and well. Their story affected all who heard it. Since that day we have joined together - neighbor helping neighbor, without stopping to think about race, religion or anything else. "He said, 'I know they went to heaven holding hands.' And if we are going to get through all the storms that confront us, that's how we are going to do it - together, hand-in-hand". "He could hear the kids screaming but couldn't push the doors open".
Watch the emotional video here and, if you'd like to donate, visit handinhand2017.com.
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