Here at KFMB Stations, our hearts go out to those devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. PLEASE HELP American Red Cross' immediate disaster relief efforts NOW. Through your generous donations, we've raised more than $2.5 MILLION to date, but more assistance is critical. Thank you, San Diego for your generosity and ongoing donations.
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After a $250,000 pledge came in, we're happy to report the $1 million goal set forth by an anonymous donor has been exceeded.
As of Sept. 6, the donation total by San Diegans was at $1.24 million; with the matching funds that brings the total to well over $2 million for Harvey victims.
The devastating images out of Texas prompted one generous San Diegan, who wants to remain anonymous, to pick up the phone and make the million dollar donation offer.
"It’s not anyone you know. It’s someone who just has a great heart who has been fortunate in business and finances and wants to give. He’s been blessed and fortunate so he wants to pass that forward," said Wendy McKinney the Chief Development Officer with the Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties.
The donor is a successful business man who has lived in San Diego for a while. In the eighties, he spent five years in Texas and found the people there very generous. So that generosity is being repaid.
"He said, 'I want to step up in a significant way and make a difference.' He saw the different shelters that needed to be opened and all the people that are suffering," McKinney continued.
To get the process started, the attorney for the anonymous man reached out to News 8 and then we partnered with the Red Cross in this donation effort.
The Red Cross also notes that during times of need the organization provides so much more than food and clothing.
"We even have folks there helping them with psychological care. People are stressed out and the emotions are at a high level," explained McKinney.
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The Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards were held Saturday night near Palm Springs and we're proud to share that several members of the News 8 team were honored.
Defending World Cup champions Germany, were exposed defensively and surprisingly beaten by Mexico 1-0 on Sunday, putting its hopes of advancement in doubt. In San Diego, hundreds of fans took to the streets of National City to celebrate Mexico's win.
An immigrant who once bundled ink-fresh newspapers at a newspaper printing press took control of the San Diego Union-Tribune Sunday, and promised in a letter to readers to fight fake news as if it were cancer.
A 21-year-old woman was found dead in her bedroom Saturday night and San Diego Police suspect foul play. The victim's family made the discovery just after 5 p.m. at their home in the 3600 block of 45th street in City Heights.
Weekend temperatures dropped nearly 10 degrees in most areas around the county, compared to a few days ago. Slight warming is expected early next week as upper low pressure weakens.
Del Mar is the only city in North County that allows off-leash dogs on the beach, but yearly seasonal changes to that rule have just taken effect.
A man who claimed to be a maintenance worker after injuring himself Saturday morning at the El Cortez apartment hotel in downtown San Diego was actually a would-be burglar, police said.