MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - WSFA 12 News partnered with the American Red Cross in conjunction with the Alabama Broadcasters Association for a statewide relief drive to help Lee County – called “Together for Alabama."
The final total raised by the drive is $125,665!
Volunteers from the Red Cross took monetary donations from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
A number of local and state officials stopped by WSFA 12 News to donate and encourage their constituents to follow suit.
Mayors from Pike Road, Selma, Millbrook and Montgomery all encouraged their residents to donate, gave donations themselves and said it is a priority to reach out their neighbors.
Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said first responders from their respective areas had gone to Lee County to assist with the recovery.
Alabama High School Athletic Association Executive Director Steve Savarese said the principal of Beauregard High School is a member of the AHSAA board, and he said he has been talking with him daily since Sunday.
Both Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth and Governor Kay Ivey attended the telethon to speak to the resilience and support that Alabamians have.
“There is always uncertainty about what tomorrow may bring, but it is absolute certainty about the resilience of our people in Alabama,” Ivey said. “We have been through things like this before. We will go through this again, and we are going to stand right there for Lee County and get them back on their feet,”
You can also donate online on the American Red Cross website.
Money you donate will provide help to storm victims – including people directly impacted by the devastating E-4 tornado in Lee County. Funds collected will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund that supports the programs and services provided for disaster relief recovery efforts for the recent natural disasters.