Northland Telethon Raises $15K for Tornado Victims

By KBJR News 1

May 28, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCnow.com) -- KBJR 6 and Range 11 and KDLH 3 teamed up with the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross and Cirrus Aircraft to raise money for Oklahomans devastated by the EF5 tornado.

One week after the tornado ravaged Oklahoma, Northlanders stepped up to help those who lost everything.

"Every dollar that everybody gives means so much."

Judy Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Northland Chapter of the Red Cross said Tuesday's telethon at Cirrus Aircraft couldn't have come at a better time.

"Something that is really interesting about the timing of this telethon, which is just a week after the disaster, is that today is when we are starting to send Northlanders down to Oklahoma to help others," said Judy Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Northland Chapter of the Red Cross.

The telethon kicked off with three large $1 thousand donations in the first hour, but Gonzalez says it's not just about how much people give, but how they give it.

"We had a gentleman who is suffering from some significant illness who came in with a cash donation and refused even a receipt."

It's this kind of generosity that not only helps the people in Oklahoma, but also the countless volunteers who pitch in.

"Your gifts also help us get the kind of volunteers who give up two weeks of their lives," said Gonzalez.

It was all an effort to get Oklahomans back on their feet.

Tuesday's telethon raised $15 thousand dollars for tornado relief efforts.

Posted to the web by Jeremy Brickley
jbrickley@kbjr.com