Nebraska City radio stations hosting “pay-to-play” event to raise money for flood victims

NEBRASKA CITY – B103 and Otoe County Country are hosting a “Pay-to-Play” radio event on Friday to raise money for flood victims across southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.

Make a donation to one of the radio station staff members across the region and we’ll play your song request. 100% of the proceeds will benefit local flood relief efforts through the American Red Cross and other local organizations.

Levels of donations:
$5 = request a country song
$10 = for your request to be played NOW
$20 = for any non-country song (no explicit lyrics)

Listen to 103.1 FM, 1600 AM or 105.5 FM to learn where you can make your donations and requests. If you want to donate, but don’t need to request a song, feel free to call 1-844-278-8555. Phone lines are open until 11 p.m.

The Red Cross currently has nine shelters open across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. They’ve had a total of 3,000 people utilize their 28 shelters over the last week, according to Regional Communications and Marketing Director Josh Murray.

Murray says financial donations give them more flexibility to address the needs at hand.

“Different areas need different things. At different times we need different things. With financial donations we can work with our partners and get those taken care of, if we have the financial support. Even $10 does a lot and can help us a bunch.”

Volunteer opportunities are also available on the Red Cross website. They’re also looking for blood donations, because several drives have been cancelled due to the weather and flooding.

B103’s 5th Annual River Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon, originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday, has been postponed to April 25 and 26 due to flood coverage.

Avoid scams when giving money for flood relief

World-Herald News Service

In the wake of widespread flooding, countless people are stepping up to lend a hand.

Unfortunately, scammers also are stepping up.

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau offer tips to consider when donating or seeking help after a disaster:

» Donate to reputable organizations or those with a local presence.

» Be careful with fundraisers on social media that aren’t tied to an organization or local charity.

» If you’re unfamiliar with an organization or charity, do your research on sites such as Charity NavigatorGuideStarIRS Select Checkthe National Center for Charitable Statistics and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

» To find a legitimate agency for monetary and other goods and services donations, contact 211. To reach 211, simply dial 211. If you have difficulty reaching 211, dial 866-813-1731.

» When seeking a business for damage repair, beware of companies that use high-pressure sales tactics, ask for full payment up front or ask for you to get the necessary permits.

» Verify that contractors and charitable organizations are Better Business Bureau-accredited by checking at and, respectively.

» Specify the disaster so your donations don’t go into a general fund.

» Read carefully. Some impostors will use names that sound similar to reputable organizations in an attempt to trick donors.

» Pay by credit card or check instead of cash or money transfer. Don’t make checks payable to an individual.

» Be careful when opening links in emails, particularly unsolicited ones, as they may download harmful files onto your computer.

» Ask questions to clarify how your donation will be used for disaster relief.

» Use peer-to-peer fundraising platforms carefully. Research hidden fees and avoid paying individuals instead of organizations.

» If you want to raise money on behalf of an organization or an individual, ask permission and for other details first.

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