Red Cross telethon in Burlington raises $18k for Florence relief

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The American Red Cross of New Hampshire & Vermont raised over $18,000 on Monday for Hurricane Florence relief efforts.

Nearly a dozen volunteers fielded phone calls from 5 am to 8 pm. Donations came in at a moderate pace at first, but in final hours of the telethon, the phone lines lit up. 

According to Executive Director of Red Cross Vermont Kevin Mazuzan, Vermonters started reaching out last week wondering how they could help relief efforts.

“Folks here, it doesn’t matter to them if it’s something that’s happening in the Carolinas or if it’s something that’s happening in Springfield, Vermont,” Mazuzan said. “They’re gonna come up, and they’re gonna help out regardless.”

One of the major needs in the Carolinas is cleanup kits. Many homes in North Carolina have been damaged by intense flooding, and as residents return to their houses, Mazuzan said the kits will be vital.

“It’s an opportunity for them to walk back to their house with some things to start to make a difference,” Mazuzan said. “To get themselves back to what is their normal, or at least back on the path to what is their normal.”

Regional Philanthropy Officer Jessica Blais of the Red Cross credits Vermonters’ giving attitude as the main reason for the successful telethon.

“Vermonters are tried and true, strong supporters of community,” Blais said. “We understand what it’s like to be impacted by a flood. It was Hurricane Irene that hit not very long ago and the United States and beyond really rallied around us and so this is our opportunity to give back and we just wanted to say thank you.”
There are currently nearly 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers in North and South Carolina along with 130 emergency response vehicles.

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