MACON -- The Red Cross is doing tremendous work helping people in southern and central Georgia and Florida rebuild after devastation from Hurricane Michael – and 13WMAZ wants to help.

13WMAZ will be hosting a live telethon on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 5-7 p.m. to raise money for the Red Cross. You can call in at 478-752-1300 at those times. If you want to donate right now or online, you can do so by clicking here.

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on Oct. 10 as the third-strongest hurricane in U.S. history. It sliced through southern and central Georgia, devastating homes and agriculture.

More than 800 homes have been heavily damaged or destroyed across Georgia and close to 1,500 have minor damage, according to preliminary numbers.

The Red Cross is working around-the-clock with partners to get help to where it is needed the most, providing safe shelter, hot meals, health services and emotional support – and they will stay there as long as needed.

The Red Cross depends on public generosity to support catastrophic relief efforts after disasters like Hurricane Michael. Financial donations will go directly to those impacted by the storm, enabling the Red Cross to continue its work.

Where your Red Cross donations go

  • $20 can provide comfort supplies – like toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo – for a family of four
  • $50 can cover the costs to provide a parent with diapers, wipes and infant formula
  • $100 can provide clean-up kits – including brooms, mops, buckets, sponges and bleach – to five families.
  • $200 can shelter and feed a family of four for one day

Consider donating blood

The Red Cross has a critical need for blood and platelet donations to help meet patient needs.

This fall, Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence have forced the cancellation of about 200 blood drives, causing approximately 7,000 units of blood to go uncollected in the Southeast. Low donor turnout is expected to continue in affected areas as communities recover.

The Red Cross asks eligible individuals to make an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.