WRAL Continues Helping Tornado Victims

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May 20th Drive Brings in Over 15,000 Pounds of Food

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WRAL-TV Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel (right) helps IFFS Executive Director Jill Bullard collect food donations for tornado victims.

WRAL-TV has been reaching out to help victims of the April 16th tornadoes since the storms hit.   On Friday, May 20, 2011, the station held a Food Drive at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.  WRAL-TV Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel helped collect around 15,000 to 20,000 pounds of food from generous viewers.

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle has been key in helping victims recover.  In the first week after the tornadoes alone, IFFS distributed 150,000 pounds of emergency food and water to devastated neighborhoods. 

IFFS provided boxes filled with food to more than 1,325 people in 350 families.  They prepared and served 1,000 free, hot meals a day for four days and served a full Easter Dinner, complete with Easter baskets.

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WRAL-TV’s Greg Fishel mans the donation station at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle on Friday, May 20th.

The food drive followed two other relief efforts in May. May 13th, WRAL-TV filled three tractor trailers with food, clothing, furniture, household supplies for the people of Sanford in a daylong relief effort with Neighbors Helping Neighbors volunteer organization. May 7th, the station delivered 600 “O-Fishel Backpacks” filled with school supplies for the kids of Ben Martin Elementary in Fayetteville –after their school was destroyed by the tornado.

WRAL-TV Creative Director Shelly Leslie summed it up best when she said, “Our mission work is never done! We are – Here to Help!”

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Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Leesa Moore & WRAL-TV’s Shelly Leslie for contributions to this capcom sotry & for these capcom photos.

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