On Wednesday, August 30, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio will hold a one-day Fund Drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for the American Red Cross relief efforts in Texas and across the Gulf Coast.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by what is being called the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history. In Texas, officials are estimating that more than 30,000 people could be forced from their homes, with more than 725,000 people currently under mandatory evacuation orders and more than a million facing voluntary evacuation orders. Thousands more are being evacuated in Louisiana.
WAMC has also helped other relief efforts in the past, raising anywhere from $80,000 for Tropical Storm Irene relief, to almost half a million dollars for Hurricane Katrina relief. This drive does not have a monetary goal, but will only last one day. 100 percent of the proceeds collected will be sent to the American Red Cross to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
"The WAMC community has always stood together in times of need. We did it for Katrina, Haiti, Japan, Irene, and Sandy. Let's do it again," says Alan Chartock, WAMC's President and CEO. Alan will host with Joe Donahue, Sr. Director of News and Programming.
Donahue adds, "We watch, like the rest of the world, the great heartache happening in Texas and feel helpless. This gives us all an opportunity to make a difference and show that our community does not end with a state line. We are people helping people. It is what WAMC has always stood for and always will."
Donations can be made on wamc.org, or by calling 1-800-323-9262.
WAMC Northeast Public Radio is a non-commercial, public radio station and nonprofit organization that presents award-winning news and cultural programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WAMC's listening area reaches parts of seven states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire; as well as parts of Canada. With over 400,000 monthly listeners, WAMC ranks among the most-listened-to public radio stations in the United States. WAMC is a member of National Public Radio and an affiliate of Public Radio International. For more information on WAMC, please visit www.wamc.org or call 518.465.5233.
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