CNY Central and Red Cross raise $31,860 from telethon for tornado disaster relief

Local volunteers will take your donations over the phone on Thursday, May 23, from 5 a.m. â?? 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. â?? 7 p.m.

CNY Central is partnering with the American Red Cross for a telethon to support the victims of the Oklahoma tornado. The tornado tore through parts of suburban Oklahoma City, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph. So far, 24 people have been confirmed dead in the tornado.

By the end of the day $31,860 had been raised. That amount could still increase because it doesn't include donations from anyone who called 1-800-REDCROSS or donated online. It takes a little longer to get those numbers

The Red Cross is already on the ground helping out the victims but you can help out as well.

Online donations can be made anytime at

. You can also make a donation by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or by texting â??REDCROSSâ?? to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The American Red Cross

Disaster Relief

helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas.