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ABC7 viewers send Haiti relief donations

February 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The day after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, as that early video of the devastation in Haiti was transmitted around the world, anyone who saw it was overwhelmed and at a loss for what to do to help. Including us here at ABC7. So we asked viewers to send money. One-hundred percent of the donations would be for Red Cross Haiti disaster relief.Viewers responded by the thousands. The idea that people would take the time to mail in money worked. Not everyone can or wants to send funds through the Internet. The weather kept people close to home, and this fundraising effort was just a mailbox away.

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

Red Cross Haiti Relief