Jun 19, 2013 5:40 PM by Elaine Sheridan

Red Cross telethon scheduled for Thursday

With tens of thousands of Colorado residents already affected by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history and more dry weather on the horizon, more people than ever need help. The Red Cross is one of the organizations working to get aid to those people.

To help get funds the Red Cross is having a phone bank fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to support efforts to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from wildfires in Colorado.

"This is a disaster response of historic levels in Colorado, and the disaster season has just begun. We are grateful for the support of the community thus far, and we are turning to you to help ensure we have the resources to continue to meet our Colorado communities' needs," says Gino Greco, CEO of the Mile High Region of the American Red Cross.

All donations during the Red Cross 2013 Colorado Wildfires Fundraiser will support ongoing Red Cross efforts to help people affected by the recent Black Forest fire, as well as Red Cross responses to other wildfires that may occur this year. Donations will also support the organization's work to make Colorado communities more prepared for and resilient in the face of wildfires.

100-percent of the proceeds of the call-in will go directly to the Colorado chapters of the American Red Cross.

Channel 5 will be live from the local call center during the event during our evening newscasts on Thursday. We will also post a link and phone numbers for people to donate when they become available.



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