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"Build This City" telethon raises nearly $139,000 for Red Cross

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The 14-hour Build This City telethon raised nearly $139,000 for the American Red Cross. The 14-hour Build This City telethon raised nearly $139,000 for the American Red Cross.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

South Mississippians have responded in large numbers to a call from the American Red Cross on WDAM to help those affected by the Feb. 10 tornado. Our Build This City telethon brought in a total of $138, 631.95, which will be used for ongoing disaster relief.

The 14-hour event began at 5 a.m. Tuesday and ended at 7 p.m. 

Pledges of support were phoned in from as far away as Michigan.

"The telethon was an amazing day," said Megan Burkes, development officer for the American Red Cross. "The community came out in full force to support the American Red Cross, because this is their community, this is our community," she said.

"It allows us to replenish those resources that we spent, also that we have the additional resources necessary to aid the residents that have been affected," said Jay Huffstatler, South Mississippi Chapter executive. 

If you missed the telethon, you can still donate by going online to www.mississippi-redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RedCross.  You also can call the South Mississippi Chapter at (601) 582-8151 or you can text Red Cross to 90999 for a $10 donation. 

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