33 WYTV News telethon brings in over $78K for hurricane victims

***Phone lines are now closed. Thank you to everyone who generously donated!

If you were unable to get through Thursday evening, you may donate on Friday directly to the local American Red Cross office by calling 330-392-2551.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – 33 WYTV News is committed to bringing Hurricane Harvey victims help from the Valley and you responded to the challenge in a big way.

As of Friday afternoon, donations from the telethon and additional calls to the local American Red Cross on Friday raised a total of over $78,000 to go toward the relief effort!

We also challenged both Browns and Steelers fans to donate during the games. The Browns came out on top Thursday evening with $10,035 and the Steelers fans donated $8,840.

Viewers were able to pledge monetary donations for the American Red Cross by calling in to the station. Over 2,000 calls were placed during the phone bank, overloading the phone circuits at the station.

Covelli Enterprises has generously agreed to donate $10,000 and it hopes the community will step up to match at least that amount. Boak and Sons and Vallourec Star are also matching donations. Braking Point Recovery Center also chipped in another $10,000.

“Anyone that can give — whether it’s a dollar, whether it’s $1,000, whatever it is — we just hope that we can just be part of helping all the victims that are in Houston,” said Sam Covelli, CEO of Covelli Enterprises.

More than 17,000 people have sought refuge in Texas shelters and that number continues to increase, according to the Red Cross. Volunteers from the Valley have also made the trip down to Texas to help the victims.

The money collected during Thursday’s phone bank goes to the Red Cross and its relief efforts in Texas.

The Red Cross stresses that donations of money are the easiest way for them to help the most people.