In the wake of the deadly tornadoes earlier this week in eastern Alabama, stations across the state will team up Wednesday to raise money to help those impacted and displaced by Sunday’s storms.
23 people were killed in the nation’s deadliest tornado in nearly six years. The youngest victim was 6, the oldest 89. Ninety people were injured in the Beauregard area, authorities said. Most have been released from the hospital.
Nexstar Media Group’s Alabama stations including WKRG in Mobile, CBS 42 in Birmingham, WZFX in Huntsville, WDHN in Dothan, and WRBL serving eastern Alabama will participate in a streaming fundraising telethon from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET Wednesday that will be featured on this website. You’ll be asked to make a donation to the American Red Cross online or by phone to benefit victims of this weekend’s disaster.
The nationwide, online initiative will be part of a day-long effort organized by the Alabama Broadcasters Association. The Wednesday afternoon streaming telethon will emanate from the studios of WKRG-TV. The Mobile-based station is hosting a local telethon throughout the day Wednesday.
All funds raised during the event will go towards disaster relief and recovery efforts across the south.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)