Telethon helps those who help others

UPDATE: The phones were ringing off the hook at NYSUT’s headquarters in Latham as NewsChannel 13’s “Your Help Counts: Irene” telethon raised more than $350,000 to support flood relief efforts. Here’s a full report with video.

Starting at noon today, NYSUT retiree Karen Hoover is working the phones for the American Red Cross.

“It’s my first September retired and when I heard about this telethon, I thought what better way to spend the day then trying to help people who need it.”

NYSUT is hosting a telethon to benefit the American Red Cross from noon to 9 tonight.
Just for this Hurricane Irene relief effort in New York state alone, so far more than 1,600 Red Cross workers have:

  • Operated or supported 99 shelters for more than 6,000 overnight residents.
  • Served more than 77,000 meals and more than 230,000 snacks.
  • Handed out more than 26,000 clean-up and recovery items.
  • Provided more than 7,000 mental health and health services consultations.

The current best estimate is that Red Cross relief services for Hurricane Irene could be $10 million to $15 million.

This is a News Channel 13 telethon, and they will be providing updates throughout the day and covering it from 8 to 9 p.m. For those on Twitter, I will try to remember the #518irene hashtag.

NYSUT’s Disaster Relief fund is also an option for donations.

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