Over $135,000 raised for Red Cross 2013 Colorado Wildfire Relief Fund through telethon
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DENVER - More than $135,000 was raised for the Red Cross' 2013 Colorado Wildfire Relief Fund Thursday evening during a telethon hosted by 7NEWS and other media partners.
From 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, volunteers staffed phone banks to accept donations to help the Red Cross help fire victims. Other donations were accepted by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
"I'm always amazed by the generosity of Coloradans. It's nights like this that demonstrate our western heritage and how we circle the wagons to help our own," said Gino Greco, Regional Executive for the American Red Cross of Colorado. "We couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. We are so grateful to our media partners, especially Rocky Mountain PBS who hosted the event at their studio."
All donations collected during the Red Cross 2013 Colorado Wildfires Fundraiser will support ongoing Red Cross efforts to help people affected by the Black Forest Fire, as well as Red Cross responses to other Colorado wildfires that may occur this year.
Donations will also support the organization’s work to make Colorado communities more prepared for and resilient in the face of wildfires.
The Red Cross relies on a workforce of trained volunteers to provide emergency assistance. Already, Red Crossers from all over Colorado and many from across the country have deployed to assist our relief efforts.
The Red Cross has received more than 1,000 volunteer applications since the Black Forest Fire began.
If you would like to sign up to become a Red Cross volunteer, please visit http://www.redcross.org/co/denver/volunteer and submit an application. The Red Cross says it has received more than 1,000 applications in the past week. Individuals interested in other volunteer opportunities can also visit www.helpcoloradonow.org
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Your donations enable the Red Cross to help people in a range of ways. This includes shelter and food to people who had lost everything; relief items like cleaning supplies, hygiene kits and face masks; and comfort and support to people in the community.
Since a series of wildfires fires broke out this month, nearly 1,000 people registered at Red Cross shelters and Red Cross volunteers and partners have:
- Opened and operated a total of 10 separate shelters and evacuation centers in Monument, Colorado Springs, Kiowa, Cañon City, Evergreen, Walsenburg and Rifle
-Distributed more than 4,500 recovery and clean-up items such as rakes, gloves, shovels, coolers and clean-up kits
-Handed out 1,134 comfort kits containing hygiene items, toothbrushes and other basic essentials
-Registered 431 individuals in Safe and Well
-Served more than 14,000 meals and snacks (provided primarily by The Salvation Army)
-Made more than 800 health and mental health contacts with affected residents
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