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Jimmy Carter Implores Donors Give to Coronavirus Response Rather Than the Carter Center

The former president is urging people to be generous and thoughtful

Former President Jimmy Carter is asking donors to "forgo (their) next gift" to the Carter Center and instead support local groups working to ease the "suffering caused" by the coronavirus pandemic.

"As you are well aware, our country is facing a health crisis. Though the behaviors of COVID-19 are not fully known, what we do know makes it a global threat to our physical and economic health," the former Democratic president wrote in a message Tuesday also signed by former first lady Rosalynn, and their eldest grandchild, Jason Carter, the chair of the Carter Center Board of Trustees.

"We all have every confidence that we will come together as a nation and overcome this invisible threat," their message read. "This virus and its impact must be addressed at every level of government and society. Each of us is gratified at the examples of volunteers and community organizations that have quickly mobilized to help those in need."

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