CNY Central Telethon Raises $36,000 for the American Red Cross

CNY Central Telethon Raises $36,000 for the American Red Cross
We are extremely grateful to CNY Central for hosting the telethon, particularly on such short notice and two days before a holiday

Syracuse television station CNY Central and the American Red Cross teamed up for a telethon Tuesday that raised $36,170 – and counting – for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in the aftermath of widespread flooding in Central New York.

That total does not include donations from CNY Central viewers who decided to contribute through www.redcross.org or 1-800-RED CROSS instead of the phone bank set up from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at CNY Central. It’s likely those donations will push the total to more than $40,000.

Read more from CNY Central: http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=916007

Areas in eastern Central New York, especially cities and towns along the Mohawk River, are just starting to recover from devastating flooding that washed through the area this past Friday. The American Red Cross has two shelters open for people who had to evacuate their homes: One at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, and one at the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley in Oneida.

Through Sunday night, the Red Cross had provided 150 overnight shelter stays, 2,641 meals, 6,576 snacks and 558 comfort kits to residents from Madison, Oneida, Herkimer and Montgomery counties who have been affected by the floods.

“We are extremely grateful to CNY Central for hosting the telethon, particularly on such short notice and two days before a holiday,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region. “And the generosity of Central New Yorkers is unparalleled as they came through for us once again after making substantial donations for our Superstorm Sandy and Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.”

For the American Red Cross, $36,000 will go a long way. Consider what $1,000 will do for individuals and families who have been displaced from their homes because of flooding or another disaster:

  • Provides100 people with one hot meal each, up to 10 times. During disasters, prepared meals are served by Red Cross workers and distributed at shelters or through mobile feeding in communities using Red Cross emergency response vehicles.
  • Provides 50 people with two hot meals (lunch and dinner), up to 10 times. During disasters, prepared meals are served by Red Cross workers and distributed at shelters or through mobile feeding in communities using Red Cross emergency response vehicles.
  • Provides 50 families with one Red Cross clean-up kit each, up to 10 times. These kits, stored and ready for distribution nationwide, contain items needed to begin recovery immediately after a disaster. Each kit comes with a sectional handle with mop, broom, squeegee and push broom heads, pail, scrub brush, sponge, disinfectant, detergent/degreaser, bleach, trash bags, gloves and dust mask.
  • Provides food and shelter to 20 people for one day, up to 10 times. This service includes providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets and a comfort kit as well as the costs of Red Cross workers to provide this support.
  • Covers the cost to provide diapers, wipes and soy formula for 20 infants during their stay in a Red Cross shelter, up to 10 times. Red Cross shelter managers take the necessary steps to make all residents comfortable in a shelter; this includes families with infants and children.
  • Provides 10 infants with a crib in a shelter, up to 10 times. The Red Cross shelter manager will take the necessary steps to make all residents comfortable in a shelter; this includes families with infants and children.
  • Provides food and shelter to five families for one day in a shelter, up to 10 times. This service includes providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets and a comfort kit as well as the costs of Red Cross workers to provide this support.