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Red Cross-a-Thon collects over $80,000 in donations

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The grand total for the local Red Cross Chapter Red Cross-a-Thon is $84,388.16.

We want to send out a big thank you to everyone in Region 8 for helping raise the funds needed for such a wonderful organization.

Pam Knapp-Carver says while the chapter did not reach its goal of $150,000, she's not taking it as a bad sign. Many donations come in after the Red Cross-a-Thon telethon is over.

Not only did volunteers take pledges over the phone, but were also out across northeast Arkansas getting change from drivers as they passed by.

You can still make a donation to the American Red Cross by stopping by or mailing a check to the chapter office in Jonesboro. Your donations stay with northeast Arkansas to help to help neighbors who have lost everything in disasters like house fires, flooding, and severe weather.

Without the generosity of people here in Region 8, the Red Cross wouldn't be able to help so many victims, says Knapp-Carver.

In February, the Red Cross helped 26 people who were displaced by a fire at the Pines Apartments in north Jonesboro. And, last year, the local Red Cross chapter helped 284 families who lost their homes to fire.

The chapter serves 16 counties in northeast Arkansas.

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