Carolina Telethon Raises $268K For Tornado Relief

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The Time Warner Cable and News 14 Carolina Community Recovery Drive raised $268,000 for American Red Cross tornado relief efforts in North Carolina through donor contributions and a Time Warner Cable match.

Including the Community Recovery Drive telethon, the total support generated by Time Warner Cable including cash and in-kind services now stands at $542,000. Tornados ravaged portions of North Carolina, notably around Raleigh, on April 16, killing two dozen people.

Meanwhile, after the deadly and disastrous tornadoes in Alabama on April 27, Charter Communications has donated $50,000 to American Red Cross efforts. For more, see below.

In the Carolinas, "the phone, video and Internet service Time Warner Cable provided during our initial response was critical to meeting the needs of our community," Barry Porter, regional executive director, American Red Cross, said in a release. "The financial support raised during the telethon will go a long way toward meeting our community's long-term needs."

"Because of the generosity of News 14 Carolina viewers and our customers across North Carolina and South Carolina, the American Red Cross is receiving much needed support as they continue to serve tornado victims here in North Carolina," Carol Hevey, EVP, Time Warner Cable East, said in the release. "I want to personally thank everyone who donated. All of us at Time Warner Cable are proud to play even a small part in helping our neighbors, and our community, recover."

News 14 Carolina featured the telethon every hour on Friday including special appeals from NASCAR legends Richard Petty and Kyle Petty and other past and present sports figures and elected officials. All monies raised during the Community Recovery Drive are going directly to benefit those affected in North Carolina. Any money raised above and beyond what is needed here in NC would be used for future disasters in the U.S.

ALABAMA EFFORTS

Charter is contributing $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts in Alabama following the damage caused by severe storms and tornados that ravaged the state on Wednesday, April 27.

"Our employees live throughout Alabama, and we are committed to helping bring relief to our friends and neighbors as they work to overcome this tragedy," Matt Favre, VP and general manager of Charter's operations in Alabama, said in a release.

Favre said that Charter teams were in affected neighborhoods immediately following the storms, and are working around-the-clock to safely and quickly restore service to affected residents.

"We are proud to be part of a community where companies step-up at times like this to provide assistance. Crews restoring power and Charter's technical teams are working tirelessly to restore services, and much progress is being made. And, the American Red Cross in Alabama has done an outstanding job in all they've done thus far to help those whose lives have been uprooted by this tornado. We are happy to come alongside these efforts."

Charley Shimanski, SVP of Red Cross Disaster Services, witnessed the damage and explained the Red Cross response. "Our hearts go out to those who've suffered from this tragic event and to those who've lost loved ones. You can see the absolutely heart-wrenching damage that's occurred here. The Red Cross has some key top priorities to meet the essential needs of the victims, and we are thankful to Charter for helping us meet these needs through their generous contribution.

"Our primary goal is to take care of those affected. First, we're sheltering those whose homes have been destroyed by all this damage," Shimanski continued in a release. "We're also feeding those who have been displaced-and there are countless displaced because of the extensive damage. And we're providing emotional support-a major concern because scores of lives have been lost."

More than 1,200 people spent the night in a Red Cross shelter Saturday night. In hard-hit Alabama, 14 Red Cross shelters are open across the state, housing 661 residents. Red Cross disaster workers, relief supplies, blood products and equipment have been sent into Alabama, along with more than 60 emergency response vehicles and 130,000 ready-to-eat meals. Red Cross nurses and mental health workers have also been deployed to help people cope with the aftermath of this disaster. Next, Red Cross workers will begin damage assessment and providing client assistance to those affected by the storms.

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