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Channel 3 raises more than $50,000 for victims of Harvey

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Channel 3 Anchor Mark Zinni hands out water bottles. (WFSB) Channel 3 Anchor Mark Zinni hands out water bottles. (WFSB)
Denise D'Ascenzo talks with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal about the donation drive. (WFSB) Denise D'Ascenzo talks with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal about the donation drive. (WFSB)
Bruce DePrest and Erin Connolly are outside our studios collecting donations for Houston. (WFSB) Bruce DePrest and Erin Connolly are outside our studios collecting donations for Houston. (WFSB)
Irene O'Connor accepts a donation during Channel 3's Help for Houston fundraiser on Wednesday. (WFSB) Irene O'Connor accepts a donation during Channel 3's Help for Houston fundraiser on Wednesday. (WFSB)
Pedro and Neymar visiting Connecticut for the day stopped by Connecticut Science Center to donate Red Cross #HelpForHouston. (WFSB) Pedro and Neymar visiting Connecticut for the day stopped by Connecticut Science Center to donate Red Cross #HelpForHouston. (WFSB)
ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

It was a busy day at Channel 3 on Wednesday, as hundreds of people stopped by to donate to the relief efforts in Texas.

The Channel 3 team collected monetary donations for the American Red Cross, and our viewers were extremely generous.

At the end of the day, the grand total raised was $52,349.

There were two other collection locations, in Hartford at the Connecticut Science Center, and at Jordan's Furniture in New Haven. Channel 3 teamed up with 102.9 The Whale, 99.1 WPLR and 94.3 WYBC.

See photo highlights from the event here.

The death toll from Harvey rose to 20 on Wednesday. Widespread flooding continues to be an issue.

Earlier on Wednesday morning Mark Dixon and Nicole Nalepa met Joe and Marie Novellino, who know firsthand what it's like to get caught in a flood.  

“We were house bound for a couple of days,” Rocky Hill resident Joe Novellino said

Joe and Marie Novellino are 95 now but were just 7 years old when they experienced the flood of 1936 in Hartford.

“I was on Temple Street, on the second floor and you could almost touch the water,” Rocky Hill resident Marie Novellino said

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal even stopped by the donation drive. 

Ninety percent of the money raised on Wednesday will go directly to Harvey victims. To make a donation to the American Red Cross, click here.

Many of those who came out left with the same wish.

“I wish I could do more,” Marie Novellino said. 

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