The donations varied from a dollar to one local company that sent a check for $3,000. And like ABC7's past disaster-relief efforts, the response was generous and from the heart.
"Every time we ask our viewers to do something for someone else, no matter what the economy is, somehow they suck it up and they do it," said Arnold J. Kleiner, president and general manager of ABC7. "And we got donations that were a dollar. A dollar. And that dollar is so important to us because it was so important to the person who gave it."
We received letters. Many, like Juanita Lindsey, said, "I wish I could send more."
Mary Sweet explained, "I'm 94 years old, living on Social Security, but the enclosed check for $18 means life."
A group of senior citizens at the Cedar Town Senior Apartments in Lancaster, who all live on fixed incomes, opened their hearts and pocketbooks to help the people of Haiti.
Mrs. Austin wrote, "I know it isn't very much, but a widow who is 87 can only pray."
In French, Ginette LeFevre said, "We wish for a miracle that you will be better than before."
And a Seventh-day Adventist Cambodian group wrote, "This is a horrible ordeal in which a lot of our Cambodian people can relate to in a way. We've all been blessed in many ways after the events of our tragedies, and it all began with the aid and relief response around the world."
As of Feb. 5, the total collected: $226,293.05
As long as there's a need, we'll keep forwarding your donations to the Red Cross.
You can still send a donation:
ABC7 Haiti Relief
P.O. Box 5967
Glendale, CA 91201