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WVTM 13, ABA and American Red Cross raise $169,015 for Alabama tornado relief

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WVTM 13, the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross raised $169,015 for tornado recovery and relief efforts on Wednesday, March 6th. Broadcasters from across the state raised funds for tornado recovery as part of the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s “Together for Alabama” joint effort of awareness.

On Sunday, March 3, devastating tornadoes hit Lee County, Alabama and surrounding areas leaving dozens dead, missing or injured. Homes and buildings were destroyed and damaged. The National Weather Service says one tornado was at least an EF-4 with 170 mph winds and a storm track nearly 1 mile wide and 24 miles long.

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Phone lines closed Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. You can still donate by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.

“Our neighbors in East Alabama need our help as they mourn, begin to heal, rebuild and recover,” said WVTM 13 President and General Manager Susana Schuler. “We know Central Alabamians are a generous group and will help their fellow Alabamians anyway they can.”

“As residents of Alabama and members of the broadcast community, we are devastated by the loss of life and the many homes, businesses and churches destroyed by tornadoes Sunday. It’s always difficult to look at the images after a disaster but, when it’s your neighbors and so many of them are gone – it’s especially hard to accept,” said President of the Alabama Broadcasters Association Sharon Tinsley. “We will come TOGETHER FOR ALABAMA as a group on Wednesday, March 6th to raise money and collect needed items for those who’ve lost so much. Broadcasters are always there for the communities they serve and at times like these, we bring everyone together in a way like no other.”

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We want to thank our corporate donors, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Spire, and Wells Fargo who donated a total of $75,000.

Barry Freundel et al. posing for the camera: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Telethon Donation © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Telethon Donation

Beauregard Tornado Victims

Armondo (AJ) Hernandez, 6

Mykala Waldon, 8

Jonathan Marquez Bowen, 9

Taylor Thornton, 10

Felicia Woodall, 22

Ryan Pence, 22

Eric Jamal Stenson, 38

Irma Gomez-Moran, 41

David Dean, 53

Emmanuiel Jones, 53

Maggie Delight Robinson, 57

Charlotte Ann Miller, 59

Marshall Lynn Grimes, 59

Sheila Creech, 59

Tresia Robinson, 62

Florel Tate Stenson, 63

Raymond Robinson Jr., 63

Henry Lewis Stenson, 65

Mamie Roberts Koon, 68

Vicki Braswell, 69

Mary Louise Jones, 83

James Henry Tate, 86

Jimmy Lee Jones, 89

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