A daylong telethon hosted by the Los Angeles Rams and KABC-TV Channel 7 raised more than $2.2 million to assist Southern California response efforts during the COVID-19 global health crisis, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced Wednesday.
“Staying at home didn’t stop over 2,000 Angelenos and several corporate and community partners and philanthropists from stepping in and helping our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Elise Buik, president and CEO of the organization’s Los Angeles branch.
“Yesterday demonstrates the power of coming together during such a difficult time, providing immediate support for our struggling families, students, homeless neighbors and others threatened by this pandemic.”
Organizers said all contributions will benefit the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’s Pandemic Relief Fund in direct support of community partners, including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Although phone lines are closed, donations can still be made by visiting the Pandemic Relief Fund site, pandemicrelief.unitedwayla.org, texting UnitedforLA to 1-844-701-5181 and by mail to 1150 S. Olive St., Suite T500, Los Angeles, 90015 through Sunday.
The funds raised with more than 2,300 donations will provide immediate relief to low-income working families and individuals at imminent risk of homelessness, hunger relief for residents dealing with food insecurity from students to the elderly, medical and hygiene materials to shelters and health care providers, and support unsheltered residents across Los Angeles experiencing disproportionate hardship due to health and economic impacts of the coronavirus, Buik said.
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