Ann Romney left the politics to her husband when she spoke at a storm-relief collection effort in Davenport on Tuesday.
Ms. Romney, speaking one day after her husband, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, rallied supporters in Davenport, was in town to support a collection for victims of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.
With the Nov. 6 election now days away, Mr. Romney and President Barack Obama have reduced their political schedules in response to the storm, which knocked out power for millions across the East and caused at least 38 deaths.
"We are all reminded right now that for some Americans, life is very hard," Ms. Romney said at a Republican office on West Kimberly Road in Davenport. "Some have lost their loved ones. Some are losing their homes. Some are being flooded out, and some are without power.
"Our prayers and thoughts are with those Americans that are struggling right now and are prayers and thoughts also are with this country as a blessed nation that we share and love together," she said.
Romney supporter Jessica Hurd, who listened to Ms. Romney's brief address to a small group of supporters, said she was moved to make a donation to the storm relief collection effort.
Another supporter, Jeffrey Orefice, of Davenport, enjoyed hearing a non-partisan message from Ms. Romney in the midst of a hyper-partisan election season.
"It wasn't anything political," he said. "It was about helping our fellow Americans."
To find out how you can help victims of Hurricane Sandy, go to redcross.org,call (800) Red-Cross or text the word "Redcross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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