Red Cross Disaster Relief Telethon: Volunteer shares why he got involved

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)—The American Red Cross is asking for your help to continue its relief efforts across the country helping those in the midst of crisis.

On Monday, News 4 partnered with the organization to raise funds for its disaster relief fund, helping those affected by the recent wildfires on the West Coast and hurricanes that hit Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas.

Jon Nickerson from Williamsville was volunteering at the event helping man the phones and taking donations. He says he was happy to give his time because he understands with the pandemic, this year the need for help is greater than ever.

“When disaster strikes people are in need and you never know when disaster is going to strike in your own area so its easier to pay it forward and do it now and be thankful that you have a roof over your head and help those that do not.”

Some of the proceeds from Monday’s event also go to help those in crisis right here in Western New York. To make a donation, go to

Kelly Khatib is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

Troy Licastro is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2018. See more of his work here.

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