Telethon raises more than $76,000 for Dayton area tornado relief

Red Cross Telethon for Dayton area tornado relief

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - FOX19 NOW teamed up with The American Red Cross and Cincinnati Bell to raise money for tornado victims in the Dayton area by hosting a daylong telethon Thursday.

Thanks to everyone who donated, the telethon raised $76,238!

All of the money will go to help those impacted by tornadoes that devastated the Miami Valley area.

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The Red Cross is continuing to provide shelter, food, supplies and assistance to those affected.

Red Cross emergency response vehicles, in collaboration with the Salvation Army will be delivering lunches and water in the neighborhoods affected by the storms.

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They also will be distributing cleaning and relief supplies in those areas where residents are able to safely return to their homes to begin working on their recovery.

Red Cross officials say they appreciate the good intentions of people donating food and goods, but financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most.

It takes time and money to sort, store and distribute donated items, they say. Financial donations can be quickly accessed and put to use right away.

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