In a pre-filmed segment for the Hand in Hand telethon on Tuesday night (Sept. 12), Selena Gomez related the story of the Saldivar family -- whose van was submerged in the floods of Hurricane Harvey -- getting visibly emotional while recounting the tragic events.
“August 27th: Seven members of the Saldivar family try to escape the rising flood waters," Gomez began. "Their van is swept into the bayou. Only Sammy Saldivar manages to survive. I come from Grand Prairie, about 250 miles away from the Sadlivars’ home.
"Their story affected all who heard it," the pop star continued, getting audibly choked up. And no matter who we are, the differences we have suddenly did not seem to matter. Since that day, we have joined together — neighbor helping neighbor, without stopping to think about race, religion or anything else.