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Telethon and Phone-a-thon to Support Louisiana Disaster Response

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The American Red Cross of Greater Rochester will be conducting a dual telethon and phone-a-thon on Monday, Aug. 29 to raise funds to support the ongoing Disaster Response in Louisiana. 

Board members, volunteers and staff will be manning the phones for incoming and outgoing calls. 

During a day-long telethon, WROC-TV will be airing live segments from Red Cross headquarters at 50 Prince St., including extended reports during the station’s noon and evening newscasts. 

To make a donation, call 585-241-4201 on Monday between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Also happening on Monday, the Red Cross will be reaching out to past supporters of large-scale disaster responses, such as those following Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, asking them to consider a donation for the current situation in Louisiana. 

Thousands of people in Louisiana are facing months of recovery from devastating floods. The American Red Cross is on the ground in Louisiana, providing shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort in a relief effort that could cost at least $30 million. Red Cross workers will be there in the difficult weeks ahead, helping residents as they recover from this massive disaster. The flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. 

More than 2,500 Red Crossers are involved in the Disaster Response. That number includes 33 from the Western and Central New York Region, specifically five from the Greater Rochester Chapter. More than 90 Red Cross response vehicles are fanning through affected neighborhoods to distribute food, water and relief supplies. Disaster mental health and health services volunteers are providing emotional support and helping to replace things like lost eyeglasses, wheelchairs and medications.