RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As Florence continues to influence central Virginia and its neighboring states - including several tornadoes that touched down in Virginia - NBC12 is partnering with the Red Cross to help raise money for families in need.
At least $34,000 will aid in hurricane relief efforts.
NBC 12 asked you to give and in just two days, many of you have done just that with $20,000 raised in the first day alone. On the second day, Dominion Energy announced it will match your donations up to $50,000.
Right now, there’s severe flooding in Fayetteville, NC, one of the areas hardest hit by the affects of Florence.
“It’s a little hectic these days, but we’re making it,” said Mayor Mitch Colvin. “That is a powerful thing for them to care about our community that way. Some people have lost everything. We’re trying to help them put their lives back together."
The donations will be used for food and supplies as the Red Cross mans shelters and food trucks.
While volunteers were in North Carolina, even the building they were operating in flooded.
"People and supplies couldn’t get in and out,” Christy Carneal said.
She had to call on military partners to help.
So far with your donations and Dominion Energy’s match, NBC12 has raised $104,000 and there’s still time to donate.
Call 12 volunteers will be back in the studio to take your donations starting at 6 a.m. Thursday.
You can call 804-345-1212 during those hours or donate online at any time.
In conjunction with giving efforts, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring urged residents to be on the lookout for frauds and schemes that take advantage of people impacted by natural disaster.
“Specifically, the Office of the Attorney General alerted Virginians to scams involving door to door canvassing, charitable contribution solicitations, home repair proposals, and tree cleanup and removal,” Herring’s office said this week.
If you think you’ve been a victim of a scam, contact Herring’s Consumer Protection line at 800-552-9963 or file a complaint online.
“Be wary of any red flags that you may notice, resist pressures to make any quick decisions, and do not hesitate to call my office if you think you may have been a victim of fraudulent or illegal business practices,” Herring said.