In partnership with WRGB CBS 6 and Community Resource Federal Credit Union, the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York (ARCNENY) raised over $10,000 last Thursday night for Oklahoma tornado disaster relief. The two hour phonathon held at WRGB's studios in Niskayuna raised $10,280 in credit card and cash donations. Another $2040 was pledged in donations that will be sent in by mail.
Community Resource Federal Credit Union CEO Betsy Kindlon also presented ARCNENY with a check for $2000 from the Credit Union. "We're very fortunate to receive such strong support from both WRGB and Community Resource Federal Credit Union" said Gary Striar, CEO for the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. "This funding for disaster relief allows us to help those so badly affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma and other states."
Volunteers and staff from the Adirondack-Saratoga chapter and the Northeastern New York chapter were on the streets in Lansingburgh, the Frear Park area and other neighborhoods in Troy, and in Rotterdam, Bellvue and other sections of Schenectady County after Wednesday night's tornadoes and straight-line storms. Red Cross workers gave out water and food supplies to those who were without power.
WRGB's parent corporation, Sinclair Broadcasting, is also raising funds for Oklahoma disaster relief. They will match moneys raised locally up to $50,000. According to CBS 6 Executive News Director Lisa Jackson, all Sinclair stations across the country are engaging in some form of fundraising this week for the American Red Cross.
The Red Cross will continue to be on the scene of disasters and emergencies nationwide, and in our own backyard, offering aid and comfort to those who have lost everything.