Totals are in for the WSFA 12 News/Red Cross Relief Drive Telethon

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- On Monday night, the call went out and many of you answered.

WSFA 12 News teamed up with the American Red Cross to help raise money for victims of Sunday's tornados and the tenative totals are in...

$27,804 were raised because of generous viewer support, and the numbers are expected to go even higher. (The address for donating is at the bottom of this story.)

Many families suffered severe damage to their homes, and they may need help getting back on their feet. That is where WSFA 12 News and the American Red Cross stepped in.

One look at all the damage and you can see the need. Homes destroyed, businesses ripped apart, lives left in shambles. But, a phone call made the difference.

Jackie Buck with the American Red Cross says, "One of the first things we have to do after we take care of people is figure out how we're going to pay for it." After several calls to the WSFA 12 Newsroom from viewers who wanted to help tornado victims, we went to work.

WSFA 12 News organized an action line to assist the Red Cross in raising money.

For more than two hours, the volunteers took our phone calls and donations. The Red Cross staff will sit down with each family, assess their needs, and make sure they receive help.

A local church donated over $5,000 of that came from and $1,000 is coming from WSFA 12 News' parent company, Raycom Media, which is based here in Montgomery.

If you would still like to make a donation,you can send checks to:

American Red Cross
5015 Woods Crossing Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36106.