WAVY News, partners pitch in to help hurricane victims

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Hampton Roads’ top news and weather source WAVY News 10 joined forces with Coastal Virginia American Red Cross and iHeart Media Norfolk for a Disaster Relief Day Wednesday.

WAVY News 10 was live all day from the Norfolk Red Cross. This unprecedented one-day event collected monetary donations for all those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The preliminary total from the Red Cross Thursday was $14,696 in online and cash donations. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

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“It is humbling to use the power of 10 On Your Side on-air, online and with our community partners to spread the much-needed message for help for all hurricane victims,”said WAVY-TV 10 and FOX43 Vice President/General Manager Carol Ward. “Once we saw the devastation in Texas, we knew we had to act. Then, as we prepared for Hurricane Irma, it became clear; the time to mobilize a donation drive was immediate. By joining forces with the Red Cross and iHeart Media Norfolk we know we can make an incredible difference for many individuals and families.”

From morning to night, WAVY News 10’s team of reporters and anchors shared how your gifts changed lives. The team included WAVY News 10 Today’s Lex Gray, The Hampton Roads Show’s Chris Reckling, WAVY News 10 Anchors Anita Blanton and Tom Schaad and Meteorologist Ashley Baylor.

You can still help make a difference by visiting THIS LINK and donating to the American Red Cross directly via credit card or PayPal. You can also donate by phone by dialing 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the words RED CROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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“We are so grateful for WAVY-TV 10 and WVBT FOX 43’s support of the Red Cross disaster relief and providing more awareness to the community on how they can help those impacted by these hurricanes,” said Coastal Virginia American Red Cross Executive Director Marissa Nihill.

Radio partners iHeart Media Norfolk also had a live presence. DJ Danny Meyers, Monet Sutton and Mark McCarthy of MOVIN 107.7, 103 JAMZ and 92.1 The Beat with DJ Bee, Big B and Ambie Renee, and NOW 105’s Tias Schuster and Corey Crocket all were live from the event.

“Our country has been rocked with devastation over the past few months,” said iHeart Media Norfolk Market President Angel Brown. “From wildfires, to major hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it is important that the iHeart team stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners and our communities and help in any way possible. We will continue to support, encourage and pray for all those affected by these natural disasters.”

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The American Red Cross is using donor dollars right now to provide shelter, food, comfort and emergency support for individuals and families affected by Harvey and Irma. Their work is just beginning, as they will use financial donations to help people recover and get back on their feet in the challenging weeks and months ahead. Your donation has lasting impact on lives all across the hurricane-ravaged United States.

The American National Red Cross is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the American National Red Cross are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Red Cross’ tax identification number is 53-0196605.