FOX 11, Sinclair and Salvation Army raise more than $20,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims
ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- FOX 11 and our parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, teamed up with the Salvation Army to help Hurricane Harvey victims through Sinclair Cares' "Standing Strong for Texas."
As of Friday morning, more than $20,000 was raised through check donations.
People were also able to donate online. As of 3:30 p.m, national online donations to assist the Salvation Army for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with the help of Sinclair Broadcast Group stations have topped $312,789. You can still donate throughout the weekend here.
Sinclair matched donations up to $100,000 nationally.
Lisa Huguet of Capital Credit Union was among the many who dropped off a check. She says her company decided not only to collect donations from employees but also to donate the money they collect for parking during Packers home game to those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Capital Credit Union president then matched the overall collection, totaling the donation to $11,000.
"Anything that they're doing, we're asking them if they do a check, to make it out to the Salvation Army but then to note in the memo line that it's for Hurricane Harvey so we know when those monies come in because what we're doing is we're collecting then forwarding that down to the Atlanta office and they know those are restricted gifts that are strictly to help for hurricane relief," said Jeanne Stangel, director of business and resource development for the The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay.
"Northeast Wisconsin has always been a community where people care about each other and they care about people where there's really disaster needs and this is happening in Texas in the southern part of our country and people in Northeast Wisconsin are still looking for ways to help and contribute," said Jay Zollar, FOX 11 general manager. "So we're trying to find a way to organize this and help people to come together and find a way for people to help out."
"My husband called me from Appleton and said FOX 11 is doing this so you need to drive over and drop off a check," said Barb Brown.
"What's going on down there is just terrible and people are living in shelters and they lost everything and, you know, we got to help them out," said Derek Muenster.
"God's blessed me in my life so, hopefully I can turn around and share some of that and help somebody else out," said Brad Hopp.
If you would like to help after Friday, you can still donate online through the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army, Sinclair Broadcast Group and FOX 11 thank you for your support.