LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — CBS2 and KCAL9 are teaming up with the Red Cross to raise funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The sister stations held a telethon Wednesday to assist the American Red Cross Los Angeles region in its fundraising efforts.
The money raised will provide a direct injection of funds into the local Philippine Red Cross Society so that it can purchase bulk supplies and materials to help support disaster victims, according to a representative of the Los Angeles chapter of the Red Cross.
With record wind gusts of 190 mph, the typhoon Friday ripped roofs from houses and children from their parents. Filipino President Benigno Aquino estimated the death toll Tuesday at 2,500.
Blocked roads, destroyed infrastructure and downed communication lines are complicating relief efforts.
U.S. Marines have already been sent to the Philippines. So far the International Red Cross has only asked for four American Red Cross specialists: two for disaster assessment and two specializing in telecommunications, who will be transporting satellite equipment.
The American Red Cross can assist in tracing loved ones.
People looking for a missing family member are cautioned to remember many phone lines are down and communication is challenging. The American Red Cross has activated its Restoring Family Links International Disaster Inquiries for those affected.
For help, contact the Los Angeles Region Red Cross: (626)407-4536 or IntlTracing.LosAngeles.CA@redcross.org.
The following people helped with the telethon Wednesday:
6 a.m. – 7 a.m. Frank Mottek, KNX
6 a.m. – 7 a.m. Dave Mason, K-EARTH
9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. John Cochran, SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC and the winner of SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN (Philippines)
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Ted Stryker, KROQ
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Kevin Frazier, omg! INSIDER
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Chris Booker, AMP Radio
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Diane Thompson & Jim Thornton, KNX
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Tom Kelly, K-EARTH
11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Pat Prescott, The Wave
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Gary Bryan & Lisa Stanley, K-EARTH
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Malcolm Freberg, SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES & SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN (Philippines)
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Parvati Shallow, winner of SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA and competed in SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS and SURVIVOR: HEROES vs. VILLIANS.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Randy Kerdoon, KNX sports anchor
Approx. 2:20 p.m. Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert & Sheryl Underwood, THE TALK
2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. Dr. Drew Ordon, “The Doctors”
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Casey McCabe, AMP
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Koby Kumi-Diaka, appearing as a guest star on tonight’s episode of CRIMINAL MINDS
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Jim Carson, K-EARTH
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Lisa Whelchel, SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES and THE FACTS OF LIFE
4 p.m – 5 p.m. Jonathan Penner, SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES, SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS and SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Michelle Boros, AMP Radio
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Rob Marciano, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Chris Sedens, KNX
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Christina Kelley, K-EARTH
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