WRAL-TV Mobilizes Disaster Relief for Victims of Haiti Earthquake
Working with the American Red Cross, WRAL-TV quickly established the Disaster Relief Fund to raise money for medical supplies, rescue operations and recovery.
All donations designated “WRAL Disaster Relief” will be funneled into Haiti.
“The devastation in Haiti is epic. The people there need the help of the world and we are part of that world,” says WRAL Vice President and General Manager Steven D. Hammel. “When we ask our viewers to give what they can for people in need, whether locally or across the world, they always come through.”
To give online, click on http://american.redcross.org/wral.
Mail a check, made payable to the American Red Cross with “WRAL Disaster Relief” in the memo section, to:
American Red Cross
Triangle Area Chapter
100 N. Peartree Lane
Raleigh, NC 27610
Make a donation over the phone, 24 hours a day by calling:
919-231-1602 OR toll-free, 1-800-Red-Cross / 1-800- 733-2767
The station produced a disaster relief public service announcement and is promoting donations to its WRAL Disaster Relief fund in all newscasts. WRAL-TV also hosted a live donation phone bank 5:00-7:00pm Thursday, January 14, 2010, at its Raleigh headquarters, staffed by twenty volunteers from the local Red Cross Chapter.
Reporter Bryan Mims is traveling with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne deployed to Port-Au-Prince. News photographer Tom Normanly and Engineer Tony Gupton are also en route to the region.
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Shelly Leslie for this capcom story.