EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTornado Relief Funds Go To Oklahoma Victims
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Christine Vantimmeren
Reported: Jul. 20, 2013 9:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 20, 2013 11:02 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
After tornados tore through towns in Oklahoma in May, people there were forced to start picking up the pieces, and Eyewitness News viewers stepped up to help.
As part of a fundraising effort, we asked you to contribute to the American Red Cross disaster fund and the Sinclair Relief Fund, which is managed by WCHS’ parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group.
It was no surprise so many West Virginians stepped up to help. A steady flow of donations came in throughout the day for the Hope in Oklahoma donation drive.
More than $220,000 was raised by viewers through Sinclair Broadcast Group, and that includes a $50,000 match by Sinclair.
A check for more than $44,000 was given to each of these groups: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Moore and Shawnee Community Relief Fund, Shelter Oklahoma Schools, Feed the Children and the Salvation Army.
The money will ultimately go back into the hands of the victims working to put their lives and their homes back together.
Local relief efforts from WCHS’ sister stations across the country and the Sinclair Relief Fund raised $595,000 to help with tornado relief efforts.
We want to sincerely thank you for your kindness and extreme generosity in helping to bring new hope to the people affected by the Oklahoma storms.
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