Hoosiers brought in more donations by texting GIVE to 80888 during this past weekend than anywhere else in the nation. More specifically, donations from the area code 317 grossed over $4,000. At $10 per individual text , this was  just part of a donation drive to assist survivors of the devastating tornadoes across the southeastern part of the country in April. “Hoosiers Sending Help South”  – was a campaign formed by WISH-TV 8 and the Indianapolis Colts in partnership with The Salvation Army to raise funds for our neighbors in the south.

On Thursday, May 5 WISH-TV 8 staff, Colts representatives, cheerleaders and mascot Blue kicked off the drive with a special day of collections on Monument Circle. Motorists and passersby could drop change into one of the red kettles throughout the day, as well as make those donations at the Walmart in Fishers. As of Monday, the grand total from that drive that ended Sunday night was $23,175.

The Salvation Army responded immediately following the major tornado activity, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care and other necessities.

Donations collected during Hoosiers Sending Help South will go directly to The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory, which is made up of fifteen states and the District of Columbia. The local Salvation Army centers in those areas have collectively served 165,500+ hot meals, 398,000+ sandwiches, snacks and drinks.  The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen – capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.

A big THANK YOU goes out to WISH-TV 8, the Indpls. Colts, our volunteers and all the people who gave to support our relief effort. Our prayers and thoughts remain with all the citizens who have been affected by these devastating storms and with the countless volunteers and staff who continue to serve in those communities.