$74,000 raised for Red Cross tornado relief during Call 12

Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 7:29 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2021 at 11:22 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Thanks to your generosity, $74,000 has been raised for the American Red Cross to help with tornado relief efforts.

“Thanks to the help of the many great Virginians in the area, that $74,000 will go a long way to provide food and shelter, blankets, cots, those types of things that people will need in the immediate aftermath,” Red Cross spokesperson Christy Carneal said.

Deadly tornadoes ripped across the Heartland last Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Red Cross volunteers manned the Call 12 lines for two days, taking your donations to help with recovery efforts.

“We had someone call in today that said he and his wife were not going to do Christmas presents this year, and instead they used that money to donate to the family that was impacted by the recent tornado,” Carneal said.

Of the grand total, $20,000 of that came from Woodfin Oil, who generously did a $20,000 match during Tuesday’s Call 12.

“The outpouring of support was amazing. The phones rang pretty much nonstop both days from the time the phone lines opened,” Carneal said. “Whether they’re helping their neighbor next door or their neighbor six states away, we always step up to take care of those in need.”

Virginians with the Red Cross were sent to places, such as Mayfield, Kentucky, to help residents pick up the pieces.

While the Call 12 telethon may be over, there is still a need for blood and monetary donations. If you would like to support the Red Cross in their Kentucky relief efforts, click HERE.

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