Staffers from the Red Cross and the Salvation Army manned phones at 11Alive's Help Desk during our special, Against the Wind
Residents look at tornado damage in Trenton, Ga. (AP)
11Alive's Brenda Wood and Bill Liss during the 11Alive News Special, Against the Wind
ATLANTA -- Like most Atlantans, the staff of 11Alive has felt nothing but the deepest sympathy for those who have lost so much as a result of last week's tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
11Alive is proud to say that it is stepping up, along with hundreds of Georgians, to donate to tornado relief efforts, raising more than $30,000 in one hour.
Friday night, the staff of 11Alive produced a Special Report, Against the Wind, highlighting the tragedy and devastation wrought by the Georgia tornadoes.
During the Special Report and telethon, 11Alive was proud to host volunteers and staffers from the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. People from those organizations manned a phone bank, taking donations from 11Alive viewers.
Viewers generously donated more than $20,000 to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
11Alive, through the Gannett Foundation, also pledged to donate $10 (up to $10,000) for every "like" of 11Alive's Facebook page while the special aired. We're proud to say that we quickly reached our goal and will be donating $5,000 to both the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
11Alive says "thank you" to all of our viewers who stepped with their dollars and their "likes" to raise more than $30,000 total for tornado relief efforts.
Though the special report Against the Wind is over, you can still make your donation. Just text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross, or text "GIVE" to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.
Read more about how you can contribute below!
Red Cross Sends Help After Deadly Tornadoes Blast Through the South
The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people after Wednesday's deadly tornadoes destroyed neighborhoods throughout the southern region of the country.
Donate to the American Red Cross Metro Atlanta Chapter
The Salvation Army Responds to Historic Tornado Outbreak
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel are currently responding to tornadic activity throughout the southeastern United States.
Donate to the Salvation Army Georgia Division
Kroger Launches 'Round-Up' to Help Those Affected by Deadly Storms
Beginning Saturday, April 30, customers can "round-up" their purchases to the nearest dollar at all Atlanta Division stores - which includes Georgia, South Carolina, Northern Alabama and Eastern Tennessee. Customers can also make donations at the Kroger cash register.
LAGRANGE: An opportunity to help local tornado victims
Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church will collect personal care items to distribute to victims of Wednesday night's tornado. Bring items to the church at 170 Pleasant Grove Church Road (formerly 3704 Hamilton Road) Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Help tornado victims in Alabama
AlabamaPossible.org has compiled a list of charities and organizations that are contributing to the relief efforts in that state.