Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines called for help. WFMY News 2 and our community answered.
WFMY News 2 anchors Jackie Fernandez and Julie Luck were among those who stepped up. Both newscasters have family roots in the Philippines.
Their concern was easily understood.
Thankfully, their relatives are safe. The two journalists have a heart for those suffering and the loss that continues. Together Julie and Jackie took charge and quickly helped organize fundraising, volunteers, and plans for an all-day telethon Nov. 14.
From the Piedmont to the Philippines - on-air, online and on social media, the call for help went out to North Carolina's Piedmont Triad and beyond.
The response was immediate and significant. WFMY News 2 viewers donated more than $42,000.
Seventy volunteers from the Filipino Americans Association of the Triad and the American Red Cross answered 615 calls throughout the day at WFMY News 2's station.
The Triad community felt the impact of misery half a world away and came together to help end it.
"Serving the greater good is our goal and the WFMY News 2 family did just that behind-the-scenes," said President and General Manager Larry Audas. "All of our folks joined Jackie, Julie and those on-air in caring to make a difference side-by-side with the Piedmont Triad community."