Selena Gomez Gets Emotional During 'Hand in Hand' Hurricane Benefit

Selena Gomez breaks down during Hand in Hand benefit speech

Selena Gomez Gets Emotional During 'Hand in Hand' Hurricane Benefit

In a pre-recorded section for the Hand in Hand pledge drive on Tuesday night (Sept. 12), Selena Gomez related the tale of the Saldivar family - whose van was submerged in the surges of Hurricane Harvey - getting unmistakably passionate while describing the bad occasions.

The Saldivar family's story was shared by The Washington Post, which reported how Sammy attempted to save six of his family members - including his elderly parents and four great-grandnieces and grandnephews - in Hurricane Harvey.

Gomez told the devastating story of a man named Sammy Saldivar, whose family was killed during Harvey.

During the Hand in Hand telethon, the 25-year-old actress spoke out about the Saldivar family, who lost seven members while trying to escape the storm.

Ricardo Saldivar has spoken out about his brother's escape and what happened to his beloved family. "Only Sammy Saldivar manages to survive", she says, starting to tear up. "I come from Grand Prairie, about 250 miles away from the Saldivar's home", she explained. "Neighbor helping neighbor without stopping to think about race, religion, or anything else".

"We are going to get through this together, hand in hand". He heard the children screaming for help as the van went under water.

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