Sinclair Cares 'Standing Strong for Texas' raises $1.4 mil. for Hurricane Harvey victims
A national effort to raise money for Hurricane Harvey storm victims in Texas is paying off.
KATU’s parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group kicked off relief efforts raising more than $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief.
On Sept. 1, just days after Harvey hit, Sinclair teamed up with the Salvation Army on a project called “Standing Strong for Texas.”
More than 170 sister TV stations nationwide – including here at KATU -- rallied viewers to contribute to the Salvation Army, with Sinclair contributing $100,000.
But the total amount raised by Sinclair viewers came to more than $1.4 million.
On Wednesday, Sinclair's executive team presented a check to Salvation Army officials.
"You can rest assure that this money will make it to the people right here in this community," said Capt. Donald Marvels, with the Salvation Army’s Beaumont chapter.
"We really have to thank our viewers for stepping up and contributing so much to provide relief to so many of the folks here in Texas that really suffered so significantly because of the hurricane," said David Amy, Sinclair vice-chairman.
Sinclair also sent news crews from seven TV stations to help the southeast Texas news team cover the storm and its aftermath.