$119K for tornado victims: Where does it go?

In 19 hours, FOX19 in partnership with Cincinnati Bell and the American Red Cross, raised more than $119,000 for storm victims in the Tri-State.

The Red Cross does not have a final tally as it continues to count donations and take in online contributions.

But where does the money go?

"When people donate money to disaster victims, .91 cents on the dollar is going to directly assist with food and shelter and clothing and all the things that they're going to need," says Emergency Services Director Fran O'Shaughnessy.

A 25-year veteran with the Red Cross, O'Shaughnessy says there is always a need for disaster relief especially this time of year when spring storms are more prevalent.

"As the bills come in we're spending that money to cover all of our expenses. I can't tell you that a dollar is going to go to a specific site," says O'Shaughnessy.

One of the first businesses to donate in the early hours of the FOX19 Road to Recovery Telethon was Emery Federal Credit Union.

"We believe in giving back to the community, it's part of our brand and part of what we want to do," says CEO Joe Lind.

"They can't do it without the community's financial support so it's very exciting to know there's so many people out there who are willing to support our endeavors," says O'Shaughnessy.

You can still donate here.

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