Telethon For Arkansans To Help Oklahoma Heal

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The generosity of Arkansans to help others has no limit. Neighbors here see the hurt, understand the need and have to help Oklahoma. -Candace A. Carey, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross in Arkansas.

Thursday, May 23, the American Red Cross in Arkansas will be provided an opportunity for Arkansans to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts such as those in Oklahoma after Sunday and Monday’s devastating tornadoes with the help of the following broadcasters: KATV-TV Channel 7 (Little Rock), KHBS/KHOG-TV 40/29 and The Arkansas CW (Fayetteville/Fort Smith) and KAIT-TV (Jonesboro); Cumulus Radio Stations (B98.5, Alice 107.7 and the Buzz 103.7); plus Crain Media (FM106.3, Y107.1, KWDK 90.9, kHits 96.5, News Talk 99.1, Fresh Talk 93.3 and Z 100.7)

“No donation is too small as each one makes a real difference” stated Candace A. Carey, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross in Arkansas. “We invite Arkansans to join in and give whatever they can to continue the life changing care that will be provided to residents struck by disasters like the historic F-5 tornado that killed twenty residents and wrecked neighborhoods in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and Shawnee.

Financial donations will be accepted through phone banks. The station’s schedules are as follows:

KATV Channel 7

Donate to the Spirit of Arkansas Tornado Relief Drive by calling 501-324-HELP (4357) to donate by credit card between 5:30am-7:00pm.

On hand to answer phones in addition to American Red Cross volunteers will be:

5:30am-6:30am Lisa Fisher, B-98.5

6:00am-7:00am Heather, Alice 107.7

4:45pm-5:30pm DC, Alice 107.7

5:45pm-6:30pm Becky Rogers, B98.5 and Tommy Smith, David Bazzell, The Buzz 103.7

KHBS/KHOG-TV 40/29 and The Arkansas CW

American Red Cross volunteers will take your call and donations by credit card during Outreach for Oklahoma from 4:30am-7:00am. Northwest Arkansas residents will have a second opportunity to give from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

“The pictures we are seeing out of Oklahoma are devastating,” said Greg Shepperd, 40/29 News Director. “Our phone bank will connect our viewers with the people and communities who need help and support.”

KAIT TV Channel 8

Help Oklahoma! will encourage northeast Arkansas residents throughout the day to make donations for disaster relief sharing information on the tornado response with their viewers. Viewers are asked to make donations through redcross.org/arkansas, text REDCROSS to 90999 or to call 1-800-REDCROSS.

“It will be wonderful to hear from Arkansans Thursday,” stated Carey. “Because of the many disasters that strike Arkansas too often, we know first-hand how caring neighbors are here. Hearing how appreciative they are for the care provided by Red Cross and being able to share with them how thankful we are for their continuing support is amazing.”

Arkansans can also make contributions online through redcross.org/arkansas or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. A $10 donation can be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/arkansas or visit us on Twitter at @ArkRedCross