The State of Texas has a new day to celebrate: Hand In Hand Day.
On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation officially designating Sept. 12 "Hand In Hand Day" across the state. The governor made the announcement at a press conference in San Antonio promoting the Hand In Hand Telethon featuring George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Chris Stapleton and several other guests.
Funds raised from this telethon are set to go to several organizations, including the Rebuild Texas Fund, which are spearheading Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts.
“Texans are known for their can-do spirit and generous hospitality,” Gov. Abbott writes in the proclamation. “In devastating events such as Hurricane Harvey, we see the true nature of Texans on full display. But there is even more we can do. Now that the rescues are over, the response must continue. It is my pleasure to commend the many musicians and individuals involved in this event for their efforts. Through the proceeds raised, we will rebuild the Lone Star State and make it greater than ever before.”
Gov. Abbott is also expected to participate in the Hand In Hand Telethon, which will be broadcast Tuesday on multiple networks, including ABC at 7 p.m., and on Facebook Live.
"This is in recognition of the way that people have worked hand in hand to help people overcome the challenges that Texans have faced," Gov. Abbot said at the press conference. "You’ve seen the images of strangers in boats reaching out a hand to people in flooding waters and rescue them, literally save their lives by pulling them up into a boat. You’ve seen the way that strangers and friends and faith based organizations have lent a helping hand to help those who were victims of flooding waters."