Tri-State Cares Raises $17 Grand for Red Cross

Published 08/31 2016 10:44PM

Updated 08/31 2016 10:44PM

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More than 12 hours of phone calls and donations end with a five-figure check. Eyewitness News teamed up with other media and the Red Cross to remedy recent disasters.

The final tally Wednesday night is $17,755. But there's still more money to collect through Thursday.

“I'm thrilled to see the number,” says Red Cross Volunteer Manager, Sherri Miller. “It's great to see the volunteers come together.”

The money will go to Kokomo, Indiana, a town devastated by a recent tornado outbreak. South Bend, Indiana as well, which is still recovering from historic flooding earlier this month

Money will also head to the tens of thousands of people in Louisiana suffering from massive flooding there.

Some South Bend flood victims are waiting for financial help from the government. Louisiana is still working to get back on its feet, too.

“The disaster in Kokomo is expected to cost at least a half-million dollars,” says Red Cross Executive Director, Theo Boots. “Our immediate need right now is raising dollars for disasters in Indiana.”

Danielle Conlon with the Red Cross says the $17 grand passes their goal. “We started this day not really knowing what to expect, so our internal goal was to get to $15 thousand, and we surpassed that.”

Red Cross relies almost completely on volunteers, and the work it does in the field wouldn't be possible without fundraisers like this.

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