Hurricane relief telethon brings total to $456k; donations continue

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The phones lines stayed busy Thursday afternoon as the community called in to donate during "Eastern Kentucky Cares: Hope from the Mountains" telethon at the Mountain Arts Center. As it stands, relief efforts by WYMT and its partners raised $456,578.96, with donations still coming in,

Many local artists took the stage during the event. Colby O'Bryan, a performer, said the goal was to raise as much money as possible for those in need.

"Bring joy to others or help during a tough time, you know, that is what it is about," O'Bryan said.

Every dollar raised during the telethon will be donated to hurricane relief efforts. The donations will be split between the American Red Cross, Samaritan's Purse, Salvation Army and the Houston Food Bank.

"We are putting our name on the map by helping out with this," O'Bryan said.

During the telethon, John McGinnis, who helped in Houston, made an appearance. McGinnis made headlines when he was interviewed by a reporter while rescuing people on his boat.

"A lot of people need help," McGinnis said. "It is going to take a lot of money and it is going to take a lot of love."

McGinnis said he wanted to come and show his thankfulness for those raising money in the mountains.

"It is good to know there are still people that love people," McGinnis said. "When I was a kid you know, we were taught to love people."

Joanna King, Executive Director with the Eastern Kentucky Red Cross Chapter, said there are many known and unknown needs in Texas.

"Multiple people affected, not just the ones in Texas and we forget to think about that," King said.

King hopes the money raised will aid with the unknown needs.

WYMT partnered with Food City, Community Trust Bank and the Mountain Arts Center.

If you would like to donate, visit:

You can also stop by any Community Trust Bank branch location.

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