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Central Pennsylvania Community Groups Aid Tornado Relief Efforts in Towns with Similar Names

You can help people affected by disasters like the Midwest tornadoes and storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Capitol Region community groups, schools and local Rotary Clubs are banding together through the Martin Luther King Day Services Committee, with the support of WGAL-TV, to raise funds for the American Red Cross’s disaster relief efforts following the unprecedented outbreak of tornados in the Midwest and South.

The groups, led by Harrisburg School District Superintendent, Sybil Knight-Burney, and Paul Quinn, President and General Manager of WGAL 8, noticed that mid-west towns with familiar names, such as Harrisburg, Illinois, Lebanon, Ohio, Lebanon, Missouri, and Elizabethtown, Kentucky were hit by the tornados. They decided to launch this grassroots fundraising drive to support the American Red Cross in their work to bring relief to those who lost so much in these “sister towns.”

The Martin Luther King Day Services Committee is a consortium of more than 40 community organizations in and around the Capitol Region. The Committee, chaired by Dr. Knight-Burney, is initiating fund drives in the schools and encouraging participating groups and interested individuals to get involved.

By the time that the organizations first met on Monday, WGAL-TV had already launched an on-air campaign, encouraging viewers who wanted to offer help to those in need in the mid-west, to make on-line or check donations to the Red Cross Spring Storms Fund through the systems set up by the television station. With an established method already in place, WGAL-TV offered its services to be the collection point for any funds contributed through the organizations. Any other organizations or individuals who wish to make a contribution via a mailed check or an on-line credit card donation through the process WGAL already has in place.

You can help people affected by disasters like the Midwest tornadoes and storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.