More than $50,000 raised during Red Cross Heroes Telethon - WNCT

More than $50,000 raised during Red Cross Heroes Telethon

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

The American Red Cross is always there in our time of need.

From finding a place to stay when people have lost their home to fire to larger disasters like the April 16th tornadoes who's anniversary we just passed, the Red Cross has always helped.

And now it's our time to help them.

9 On Your Side was proud to host our 3rd Annual Red Cross Heroes Telethon, and you, our viewers, stepped up to the plate!!

Thanks to your donations we raised more than $50,000 dollars for the American Red Cross.

And even though the telethon is over you can still help! We're asking our viewers to  donate as little or as much as you like to help this wonderful organization. The great thing is the money donated stays right here in eastern North Carolina.

If you can't give money, you can always give your time or find out if you can donate your blood.

"Only about 38% of the American population is able to give blood but of that 38%, only about 8% actually do. So we really need people to donate when they can," explained Bill Brent, Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Eastern North Carolina.

A number of individuals and businesses contributed donations to this year's telethon, including a $1,000 donation from Metrics, a $5,000 donation from Disaster Action Team Volunteers and Heroes Fundraisers, a $5,000 donation from Colony Tire, a $25,000 donation from Potash, $1,000 from Attends Healthcare, and $5,000 from Vidant Health Systems.

Of course, you can always find our more information or donate online at http://american.redcross.org/wnct.

In 2012 $40,000 was raised to help our local chapter.

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