ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A huge thank you to everyone in our community who called in or stopped by our station to donate to Monday’s telethon for Puerto Rico earthquake relief.

With your help (approximately 183 callers) we raised nearly $14,000 for the Red Cross of Rochester to help those affected by devastating earthquakes in Puerto Rico.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Thousands of people in Puerto Rico remain homeless and hundreds of thousands are without water after weeks devastating earthquakes.

Today, News 8 is hosting a telethon to do our part to help.

The American Red Cross will be here to answer your call and accept your donations. Money raised will help the Red Cross provide shelter, supplies and medication to victims of the earthquakes.

That’s today from 4 through 6:30 p.m. on News 8.

News 8 telethon to raise money for Puerto Rico

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The American Red Cross will be holding a telethon at News 8 Monday to raise funds for those impacted by continuous earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

Boxes of supplies are filling up the home of Mercedes Simmons. Food, diapers, and cleaning items are just some of the donations that Simmons is sending to those in need in Puerto Rico after earthquakes hit the island causing havoc.

“The really neat part about it is that they all have a message on it from the students,” said Mercedes Simmons, telethon volunteer.

The donations go further than just supplies as many message of hope will be sent as well.

“There is, I believe close to 20 letters that are going to go to the students. In Puerto Rico, most of them have already been displaced from not only their schools but their home. They’re in shelters.”

Hundreds of small earthquakes have shaken Puerto Rico in the last weeks — and many are still recovering from the aftermath of destroyed homes and businesses.

Leaders with The Red Cross say the people on the ground still need help and are holding a telethon with New 8 in order to raise funds.

“It’s left thousands of people in shelters and again, thousands more that are staying outdoors because of fear of more tremors. It’s an ongoing situation,” Jay Bonafede said, a regional communications officer with the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross already has teams on the ground and have gathered emergency supplies, but they say telethons like the one happening at News 8 could help even more people get back on their feet.

“People just want to help and this is one way that we can do it is by holding this fundraiser that will bring more attention to what’s happening to the folks there and will also give people in Rochester an opportunity to help,” said Bonafede.

The Red Cross telethon will go from 4 through 6:30 pm, Monday. Phone numbers for donations will appear on channel 8 during those times.