CBS47 & FOX30 Action News Jax helps raise more than $103,000 for Salvation Army of Northeast Florida

Hope Marches On raises $103,739 for Salvation Army of Northeast Florida.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Action News Jax is pleased to announce a second successful year for the “Hope Marches On” telethon. The annual event collected $103,739 in cash donations.

The funds collected will help provide year-round services and programs such as emergency disaster relief, clothing assistance, transportation, shelter, food for local families and much more through the Salvation Army.

“We are so thankful for the generous people and families in our area who came together to stand in the gap for those who really need help,” said Bob Longo, General Manager for CBS47 and FOX30.

Launched in Winter 2020, the Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles were at risk due to COVID-19. With more online shopping, less foot traffic in shopping areas led to closures of some brick-and-mortar retail stores. That’s when the idea was launched for the Salvation Army telethon.

Helping support the telethon this year were Delores Barr Weaver and Mary Virginia Terry. Action News Jax was the exclusive media sponsor along with Florida Blue, Haskell, Lee and Cates Glass, Tools for A time, and Clyde Brumfield.

The driving force behind the telethon: CBS47 & FOX30 Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh who works with the Salvation Army year around.