For five days, Hurricane Florence dumped 10 trillion gallons of water over the Carolinas.
To put that on a smaller scale, that’s the size of 15 million Olympic sized swimming pools.
When a disaster like that strikes, the American Red Cross jumps into action.
“In many cases, people have lost absolutely everything. When you consider the fact that some people are elderly or have lived in their home their entire lives, and have no financial resources to rebuild, the American Red Cross is there to help,” said Sharon Kesselring, Director of the American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia.
But the Red Cross wouldn’t be able to do what it does without some help.
That’s why WTRF partnered with the American Red Cross for a collection drive on Monday to help those hit hardest by the hurricane.
“We had to get involved. There’s just so much devastation down in North and South Carolina. As leaders of in our community, we wanted to step up our game and help out. It was a no brainer for us,” said Nick Richter, Promotions Manager for WTRF.
But 7News couldn’t do it without your help.
“It’s not just every dollar that counts, it’s every penny that counts. Quite frankly, every single penny that someone gives will go a long way towards us purchasing those hot meals we’re able to give them two times a day as they clean the mud out of their homes and stay in our shelters. That’s what every single penny is going towards,” Kesselring said.
Thanks to your generous donations, more than $1,300 will go towards hot meals, shelters and other efforts for those in need.