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Telethon raises $57,000 for Moore, OK tornado victims

7:48 AM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA, Ga. (WXIA) -- The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross teamed up with WXIA for the WXIA Cares: Atlanta gives Moore fundraising telethon on Tuesday evening.

Former "The Voice" contestant and Atlanta native, Vedo performed his original song "Pray" during the fundraiser.

The song was written to pay homage to Vedo's mother who died of cancer, earlier this year but it was also fitting for the occasion, as it addressed both loss and survival.

According to the final tally, the telethon raised about $57,000 toward the relief of displaced families in Moore, OK and surrounding areas.

According to WXIA Help Desk reporter Bill Liss, $57,000 can purchase food and shelter for 1 day for 11,040 people, 11,400 blankets and 5,700 hot meals. Donations ranged between $10 and $5,000.

To donate $10 to The Salvation Army text the word "STORM" to 80888. Or to contribute $10 the Red Cross text "REDCROSS" 90999.


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