WFXR hosting telethon to raise money

ROANOKE, VA - Phone lines open at 7 AM. Call 540-512-9099 to help.

It's been almost a week since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and the destruction is not done. That's why we are teaming up with the American Red Cross and Wheeler Radio to raise money in the Virginia Gives Back Telethon on Thursday.

"This is a heartbreaking situation what's going on in Southeast Texas," Jackie Grant, American Red Cross Virginia Region Executive Director, said.

Waves of destruction lay over the Lone Star State with the death toll climbing and thousands seeking food and shelter.

That's where the American Red Cross steps in and provides a glimpse of hope in the disaster zone.

"Right now it's about survival, it's about shelter and feeding and clothing for these victims," Grant said.

Grant told WFXR News they need financial support from the people of Southwest Virginia to continue their services.

"This money will impact hundreds of thousands of people in the area that are displaced and are struggling," Grant said.

"It's important for all of us to work together in a time of need," Arika Zink, WFXR News General Manager, said.

Every dollar counts. Just $2.50 will provide a comfort kit full of hygiene items like deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, facial tissues, wash cloth, shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, comb, razor and shaving cream.

$1,000 will give an entire family food and shelter for up to five days.

"It's another opportunity for us to show the country and show the world how much we all care about our brothers and sisters," Zink said.

Virginia Gives Back will begin Thursday morning at 7. You can call in, text or go online to donate money.

 

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