18th Annual Disaster Relief Radio-thon

radiothon benefitting the red cross in pleasantville

The Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its 18th annual Red Cross Disaster Relief Campaign Radio-thon at the Music Pier on the Ocean City Boardwalk from 3pm to 7pm. The radio-thon will also be simulcast live on WIBG 94.3 FM from 3pm to 7pm.

“It’s our largest event of the year, with the funds dedicated to helping disaster victims,” said Pamela Grites, executive director of the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter.

Last year the chapter spent more than $116,000 on supporting local fire victims. The money was spent on food, clothing, prescription drugs and temporary housing. But that was just one of the chapter’s annual expenses. The $116,000 does not include the overhead costs of running the chapter, an area which covers about 1,300 square miles.

The Red Cross relies on the money raised at the Radio-thon to provide disaster relief throughout the year.

“We’re not funded by the government or the National American Red Cross. We have to raise every dollar every year to provide services,” said Grites. “Not everybody can be a major donor, but at the Radio-thon most people can give us some loose change or a dollar. Every little bit helps.”

We hope you can come out and support your local Red Cross Chapter.

If you would like to make a pledge, call Yvette Soto at (609) 646-8330.