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North Alabamians donate thousands for local charity during WAAY 31 telethon

New Futures will use the money to continue their mission of helping the homeless in and around Huntsville.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 8:48 PM

Volunteers with New Futures, Inc of Huntsville spent a long but productive day at the Waay 31 studios Wednesday. During the twelve and a half hour telethon, sponsored by WAAY 31 and Redstone Federal Credit Union, generous supporters donated $4,908.61 to the organization. A last-minute donation by two of the volunteers rounded that total up to and even $5,000! 

Executive Director Tayna Rains said New Futures depends on donations to help those in need, and couldn't do it without the community's support. "Families are very unique. They may be there because they're living paycheck to paycheck and something goes wrong. There may be transportatin failure, loss of job. Living paycheck to paycheck doesn't always work out. Sometimes it just takes one small thing to go wrong."

Rains said this year's donations surpassed last year's telethon total. The money will allow New Futures to continue to operate the Marilyn Mabry Family Lodge, which, according to their website, features a fourteen bedroom facility with private bathrooms and a shared kitchen and living room. Food pantry items are available to help families supplement any assistance they receive. They also work with local agencies that provide GED education and pay for supplies and testing. New Futures also offers life skills classes, debt and money management education and counseling. 

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