Mahalo for making KHON2’s Red Cross telethon a success

A big mahalo to everyone who contributed to KHON2’s telethon to raise money for the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter.

Phone lines were open between 4:30-8 a.m. and again from 4-7 p.m.

At the end of the day, our telethon raised $46,605 in individual donations and $70,000 in corporate donations for a total of $116,605.

Even before Iselle hit the Big Island as a tropical storm in the early morning hours of Friday, August 8, the American Red Cross has been providing shelter, food, supplies and more to those in need.

In all, the organization has distributed 3,986 meals and snacks and 13,146 relief items, including tarps, batteries, flashlights, water, ice, comfort kits, clean up kits, bleach, work gloves and trash bags to those who were affected by Iselle.

A shelter that had been set up in the Pahoa Community Center until noon Monday provided residents with cots, blankets, meals, access to showers and a place to recharge cell phones.

Workers also staffed Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s and the County of Hawaii’s Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers, providing information on available services.

Volunteer nurses and mental health professionals have helped 889 people with health assessments and emotional support.

Caseworkers are also continuing to visit the hardest hit areas to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

More than 200 workers are assisting in response to this disaster and about 94 percent are volunteers.

You can still donate to the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter. Contribute a donation online here or mail it to Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu, HI 96816.

Click here for more ways you can help with Big Island relief and recovery efforts.

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