WECT hosts telethon to benefit disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Florence

WECT hosts telethon to benefit disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Florence

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - WECT will host a telethon Thursday to benefit disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Florence.

All of the money raised Thursday will go to the American Red Cross and 91 percent of the money given to the Red Cross will be used to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

"Financial donations raised in the WECT #CapeFearStong Fund Drive for Hurricane Florence will help people affected by this devastating storm," said James Jarvis, executive director of American Red Cross of the Cape Fear Area. "Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance as well as supporting the vehicles, warehouses, technology and people that make that help possible.

"The American Red Cross honors donor intent. Donations raised for Hurricane Florence relief will be used to help families devastated by that storm."

The WECT telethon will start Thursday at 6 a.m.and continue until 8 p.m. People interested in donating can call in during those hours and make their pledges.

Anyone interested in making a donation now can do so by clicking here.

Here's a breakdown of what donations can provide:

$10 – Provides 1 hot meal and additional snacks to a person. These nourishing meals that include a main course, snacks and a drink are provided by Red Cross workers and distributed at shelters or through mobile feeding in communities by Red Cross emergency response vehicles.

$20 – Provides a blanket, meal, snack and comfort kit to a person. Blankets, stored and ready for distribution nationwide, are typically given to people in pairs for padding their cot in shelters and covering themselves while sleeping. The meals and snacks are provided by Red Cross workers and distributed at shelters or through mobile feeding in communities by Red Cross emergency response vehicles. Comfort kits, stored and ready for distribution nationwide, contain the basic personal supplies someone would need in the aftermath of a disaster. Kits contain deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, facial tissues, wash cloth, shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, comb, razor and shaving cream.

$50 – Provides a full day of food and shelter for 1 person. 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 to support the Red Cross workers providing this service.

$100 – Covers the cost of Red Cross clean-up kits for 5 families. 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.

$150 – Provides travel, meals and shelter for 1 day for a Red Cross disaster relief worker. When the Red Cross deploys a trained disaster worker to a disaster affected community, the organization covers the costs of travel, meals and shelter so that the worker can focus their energies on caring for the people who need our help.

$300 – Covers the daily cost to deploy an Emergency Response Vehicle. This specialized vehicle was designed by the Red Cross to serve people affected by disasters by driving through affected communities to deliver meals, snacks, relief supplies, information and comfort. This daily cost includes the cost of fuel and maintenance

$500 – Provides a full day of food and shelter for 10 people. 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 to support the Red Cross workers providing this service.

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