Over $26K donated during Operation Helping Hand for Hurricane Matthew

(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – News 2 teamed up with the American Red Cross to collect donations for the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

A day-long phone bank was held Wednesday at the organization’s Charlotte Avenue offices where Red Cross volunteers answered your calls to donate.

By 6:50 p.m., about $26,352 had been raised since the phone lines opened at 6:30 a.m.

While the phone bank is now closed, you can still donate at RedCross.org/Donate or text the word “Matthew” to 90999.

The devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew are still causing great suffering in several states, including North Carolina, where deadly floods have cut off entire communities.

Overall, Matthew dumped 13.6 trillion gallons of water on the U.S., enough to fill the Rose Bowl 163,000 times.

Nearly 4,800 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida woke up Tuesday morning in 90 Red Cross and community shelters–and the number of people in North Carolina shelters doubled overnight.

Over 75 Red Cross workers from Tennessee are currently deployed to the states hit the hardest by the storm. More volunteers, vehicles and supplies are being mobilized now to supplement relief efforts.

The storm’s lingering effects also continue to impact blood collections in the southeast, resulting in an urgent need for blood and platelet donations across the country.

The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.