UMC's Children's Miracle Network telethon wrapped up Sunday evening with a grand total of $1,016,591 in donations to help make miracles happen right here in the South Plains area.
"I think it gets better and better every year. Can you believe that 28 years and still more and more people donate. It's just so gratifying and amazing," said Karin McCay.
This year's total was $10,000 more than last year's. It's also the fourth year in a row where more than a million dollars has been raised during the telethon. "That's just a testament to folks believing in what goes on here. We keep telling them you're raising money to provide the best equipment possible to treat the kids and it's true," said Abner Euresti.
Viewers who called in to donate $180 became "building partners". Their names will be forever be etched into the bricks of UMC's East Tower expansion, and their generosity will never be forgotten. "We probably had about 350 building partners," said Kathy Reasoner, CMN director.
"We ended up building three and half walls with the bricks. It just ended up being phenomenal," added Stephen Fannin, CMN chairman.
During the two day telethon more than 200 dedicated volunteers worked numerous hours behind the scenes from running cameras to manning the phones and much more. "This is a year-long deal, with the culmination of two hard days, and it's just phenomenal how it all comes together," said Reasoner.
During the telethon, several local kids were showcased - giving an inside look at how your donations helped save their lives. "We're so appreciative of the families who allow us to come into their private life so we can help tell the story of what we're doing here," said Abner. "It's tough, and they're going through a really hard time and for them to open up their lives … we couldn't do it without them."
Although the telethon is over, the fundraising never stops. If you would like to help make miracles happen you donated to UMC's Children's Miracle Network by (clicking here).
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