Over 10K raised during WMC5, United Way fundraiser for storm victims

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Storms damaged thousands of homes and businesses in Memphis over Memorial Day weekend.

That's why WMC Action News 5 and United Way teamed up to help the agencies that are helping to remove trees, repair homes, and restock food pantries. Over $10,000 was raised.

"This is an opportunity really that's focused on money because nonprofits need money to restock food pantries with specific items that they've run out of," United Way Director of Communications Dave Skorupa said. "We have so many people that have wanted to do something."

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell both showed up at WMC's studio Tuesday morning to donate.

"It's amazing to see how the community recovers," Luttrell said. "We're known as being a benevolent community, and events like this are like a call to arms for our community."

Both mayors agree that Memphis always steps up to give back.

"[This fundraiser] is not surprising, because Memphis--we're so giving," Strickland said. "I've seen in firsthand in all neighborhoods across the city with people stepping up, helping neighbors, monitor their house, bringing food, letting people give shelter to those people who need it. The Red Cross has helped dramatically and the United Way, so Memphis pulls together in tough times and we'll do it again."

As some of our neighbors continue to sit in the dark with no power, it's time for all of us to step up and help those who need it.

You can click here to donate online now, or text STORM5 to 313131 to make a donation.

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