Portland radio stations host Haiti fundraiser

Portland radio stations host Haiti fundraiser

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by Teresa Yuan

kgw.com

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 19 at 10:24 AM

PORTLAND -- Several Portland radio stations were holding a fundraiser for Haiti relief Tuesday.

The fundraiser was organized to help Mercy Corps in their mission to provide aid to the earthquake ravaged country of Haiti.

Six Portland radio stations were taking part in the one-day radio-thon, including KINK-FM, KUPL-FM, KUFO-FM, KXL-AM. KCMD-AM AND 95.5 The Game.

The radio stations set up a special phone line for the fundraiser, 1-800-245-9600. They were also taking donations on their Web sites.

Casandra Nelson, a Mercy Corps worker, talked to KGW about the devastation in Haiti.

"The streets are packed with people. People are living on the streets because it's one of the few areas you know where they can actually go. There's just rubble everywhere. So people are sleeping on the streets at night. You can't even drive at night because people are just camped out on the streets," she said.

Alpha Broadcasting officials said they were moved by these stories and video and felt the company had to find a way to help - thus formed the idea of a radio-thon.

The money will help Mercy Corps assist the injured and homeless with immediate humanitarian needs including water, food, clothing and shelter.

The radio-thon started at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday and will continue through 7 p.m.

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