ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Hundreds of people across southeastern Minnesota responded Wednesday to an urgent appeal to help the tornado victims of Oklahoma, donating $80,278 in a fund drive by the Rochester-based television stations of Quincy Broadcasting. The "Time to Care" campaign was staged outside the three Hy-Vee Food Stores in Rochester, with other donation sites at Hy-Vee stores in Austin, Albert Lea, Winona and Faribault. Staff members from KTTC-TV, Fox 47, CW Rochester and Me-TV joined volunteers from the Red Cross to take in donations of cash and checks for American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
"From past experience we know Minnesotans will step up to help anyone in need," said Quincy Broadcasting Regional VP and KTTC General Manager Jerry Watson. "We also recognize our responsibility and ability to mobilize our communities quickly to raise relief funds. We thank everyone who donated for caring for our fellow Americans who desperately need our help now."
"What an amazing day!," said Melanie Tschida, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross SE Minnesota Chapter. "From the kids donating their allowance to the families donating their vacation money to the many, many people who drove up with their windows down and waved a $100 check our direction…… it was truly an inspiring and humbling day."
Tschida said a few big donations even came in the next day; one donor just walked in with a $5,000 check Thursday morning at the American Red Cross' Faribault office and said "sorry I didn't make it over to Hy-Vee yesterday but here's my check!"
"Things like that just wouldn't happen if it weren't for events like this," she noted. Tschida credits the compelling stories and personal appeals by KTTC-TV's news staff with inspiring people to respond in-person with donations.
From all of us, THANK YOU for taking time to care!
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