WITN/Inner Banks Media Grand Total: $321,264

Two days after a day long effort to raise money for Hurricane Irene relief efforts and donations continue to come in.

Wachovia/Wells Fargo announced Friday morning that it is donating $200,000 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts, and that's being split between two chapters here in Eastern Carolina. That brings our total to $321,264!

Your support for Wednesday's fundraiser by WITN, Inner Banks Media and the Red Cross for Hurricane Irene victims made it a huge success!

Phones were opened at 8:00 a.m on Wednesday and donation sites were set up at WITN's Greenville Studio, WITN's Washington Studio, WITN's Jacksonville Newsroom and Inner Banks Media studios in New Bern. Donations were also taken online.

PCS Phosphate in Aurora in Beaufort County, an area devastated from the hurricane, made a $50,000 donation.

A big thanks to all of you generous people in Eastern Carolina who supported this cause and helped Eastern Carolina's Irene victims. The majority of the donations came from eastern North Carolina but donations poured in from throughout the state and the country thanks to the support of our sister stations within the Gray Television Group. Curtis Media's radio stations throughout North Carolina also publicized our event and helped us to raise thousands of dollars from the Triangle, the Triad and the stations of the North Carolina News Network.

We also need to thank the following businesses and organizations:

-PODS for providing storage units at each of our collection sites.

-The Texas Roadhouse on Greenville Blvd. for donating 10% of today's sales.

-Children's Miracle Network for organizing the phone bank.

-East Carolina Bank (ECB) for a $5,000 donation.

-Hastings Ford for a $1,000 donation

-East Carolina University baseball team.

-Fleet Readiness Center East.

-Phelps Chevrolet for a $1,000 donation.

-Scott Shook of Merrill Lynch for a $400 donation.

-Greenville Marble & Granite for a $500 donation.

-Marie Britt of Future Financial Services for a $500 donation.

-Abby Full Service Flooring for a $500 donation.

-The United Way of Pitt County for a $6,250 check.

Thanks also to the following businesses who provided food for the event: Krispy Kreme, Domino's Pizza, McDonalds, Texas Roadhouse and Five Guys Burgers.

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  • by Think before you speak Location: pitt county on Sep 4, 2011 at 12:27 AM
    just a thought I WISH PEOPLE WOULD STOP BEING SO NEGATIVE THATS WHATS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD TODAY INSTEAD OF PEOPLE PULLING TOGETHER YUR PULLING APART AND IT S NOT OBAMA OR BEV. FAULT ita alot of people going through different situations because of this storm some more greater and worst then others but we all went through something get it togethe people and try undeerstand a person point of view before speaking because if it was you household going through it this time it could be you next time and for all the negative comments on people saying they lost food sell this sell that you speaking as if you got so much why dont you put your foot in your mouth and find ways to help time are hard people are out here sick laid off singel parents homeless or just making enough the idea for to day is shut up, GROW UP get up, and finds wayS to help other if IF YOU HAVE SOOO MUCH AND WAS SOOO PREPARED AND STOP DOWNING THE ONE THAT STATES THEY NEED THE HELP.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:06 PM
    If you want to donate or help someone go and find someone that really needs help and hand them the money or pay their bill or give them food and clothing yourselves. Anytime any organization collects a large sum of money no matter who they are there will be mass corruption and stealing of money.
  • by bob on Sep 2, 2011 at 06:50 PM
    Guess it's true: No good deed goes unpunished. Worked in disaster response and recovery for ten years and the biggest thing that ticked me off was the people who were always holding their hands out begging for some of that "free" money because their lot in life was so pitiful. The bottom line is each individual is responsible for themselves during and immediately after any disaster. Listen to what you're told in advance: stock-up on canned food and bottled water; buy extra batteries for your flashlights and radios; fill the bathtubs with water for sanitation and hygiene; get the Hell out of Dodge if it's coming toward wherever you are. The Salvation Army and Red Cross will be there in a matter of hours to provide shelter and food usually during the disaster, always shortly afterwards, until people should have time to make other arrangements. Within a week or less they will be providing clothing and cleaning supplies but don't expect a check or debit card. FEMA will be there within a week or less to process claims for more long-term assistance but sooner or later the string runs out and you have to take care of yourself again. Only for the necessities of life and only for the short term is any disaster relief non-profit organization or the Federal Government going to do any freebie give-aways. And I never have understood why people will carry homeowner's or renter's insurance but not flood insurance. If you don't like hurricanes, U-Haul is ready when you are. Thank you WITN for at least trying and thanks to everyone who volunteered or contributed.
  • by red cross is'nt helping on Sep 2, 2011 at 04:55 PM
    Im sure red cross was thrilled to get the money,,, as I have tried to get assistance an was turned down flat.. an told me to go to the local fire department to ask for help... guess since i didn't need to stay in the shelter i'm not deserving of help.. Just a note the local fire department sent me back to the red cross in which the lady stated i didn't need help i needed to learn how to manage better... Well great I will work on that now that the hurricane has ruined everything but my house... Red Cross is no help
  • by really??? on Sep 2, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    What organization is recieving all this money?
  • by G' ville Location: G' ville on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    Wells Fargo Donation to our community is a nice gesture. What they also need to do is start with their own Wells Fargo customers and help them. What is upsetting to me is that Wells Fargo has done nothing to help me as their customer on my home modification in which money was given to their company to help. One day they said I was approved and to send such amount monthly, which I did and then next messege from then was not approved and all payments I made they have no record of. Guess i should get some credit for Wells Fargo Donation. It is some of my missing morgage payments. I have lost all respect for Wells Fargo and will never do business with them again. So while they are flaunting their money and want praise, they will not get it from me someone whos is about to be homeless because of their lies and mishandling of funds.
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      by REM on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM in reply to G' ville
      This is WAY off topic, however, you should always get such things in writing. Perhaps next time you will do better.
  • by Joyce Location: Kinston on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    Even though our church was destroyed from the storm and no insurance to cover it ,our Pastor John Coward and his family had no power untill late yesterday,he still went and helped all the people he could help,he took his generator to diffrent houses and ran their freezers so they wouldn,t lose their food.He went to houses and helped put tarpes on so the rain wouldn,t ruin their houses,he and his family fed and helped everyone they new needed help,with all they had to help with,God Bless John and his Family for being truly obediant to the Lord!This is what it,s all about,People reaching out to other people in times like this,God Bless all the one,s that have been able to give and lend a helping hand,and those that don,t have it to give!God bless all the electric company workers for the long hours they have worked!Tv stations for what they are doing and for keeping us up to date with the storm as it passed(all night)Red cross,Salvation Army and all others,Thank You All
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      by REM on Sep 1, 2011 at 01:24 PM in reply to Joyce
      We are all very appreciative for outstanding people that help others when they are most in need!
  • by Joyce Location: Kinston on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    our church was destroyed during the hurricane,we had no insurance,our pastor John Coward is an employee of PCS,if we could get some help in rebuilding our church,it would be greatly appreciated!252-229-4933 God bless!
  • by Thanks Location: ENC on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    Way for WITN and PCS to step up! There are bitter, bitter people on the internet and spew negativity about everything.
  • by WITN GM on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    I'm sharing a post that American Red Cross shared with us via Facebook -- Thank you WITN-TV and103.7 WTIB for an awesome day! Over $110,000 raised for Red Cross relief efforts in NC with more coming in even now! We are forever grateful to you for your support of the Red Cross! We have delivered over 45,000 meals with 50 ERVs, had over 5000 shelter stays in 53 shelters, delivered water and tarps to our citizens, and will soon begin individual case work for those affected. Your donations are helping your neighbors! Thank you!
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      by Be nice next time on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:31 PM in reply to WITN GM
      I like to see when a stom like this is coming when you seed out a text put more info in it. Like the winds speed, L&L, what way its going. I would get a text every 30 mins. telling me that there is a warnning. We had no Cable. We did have power( not from GUC) HD TV sucks but makes some funny pics. to look at.It took for every for any info on the readio. All everyone talked about was how much it was raining and what the wind was blowing around.

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