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Your Donation Impacts Lives

Each day, thousands of people – people just like you – provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.

Why the American Red Cross?

Your donation powers the Red Cross response to nearly 64,000 disasters a year nationwide, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected.

By making a charitable donation to the Red Cross, you are there for millions of people who face emergencies every year and help as they rebuild their lives.

Everything we do depends on the needs of the people that we serve and we could not be there without the generous donations from people like you.

Our Mission

The humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross connects us to people and communities across the nation and around the world. The common bonds of humanity and compassion unite us together, not just in the face of emergencies and disasters, but in helping our neighbors every day.

Mission in Action

Since being founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the Red Cross has been a consistent lifeline for people when they need us the most. The depth and breadth of our services – whenever and wherever they're called for – is unmatched by any organization, charity or non-profit in the world.
Join us. By donating to the Red Cross, you can be there for millions of people who face emergencies every year and help as they rebuild their lives.

Stories of People You Help

Sometimes you take things for granted that you shouldn’t.

Lindsay Crowder received blood transfusions to save her life after she was diagnosed with leukemia, first at 2 years-old and, then again when she relapsed at age 6. During her relapse she spent more than 130 nights in the hospital and received more than 100 transfusions of blood and platelets. The experience changed the whole family’s perspective and made them regular blood donors.

This weekend, I’m just, you know, enjoying life.

Marquita Gaines
Marquita was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at birth. Every six weeks she receives red blood cell transfusions that help her feel pain free. Here she tells what these life-changing donations mean to her.

When things like this happen, I think you find a new perspective on life.

On January 17, 2012, at 8:30 AM, Angelina’s four-bedroom apartment in Bushwick, New York, caught on fire. At the time, Angelina was four months pregnant with her second daughter. The Red Cross was there for her with shoes, warm clothes and a voucher for the essentials. Most importantly, they helped her find a place to stay so the family could be together.

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Greg Reynolds refuses to give up baseball. He has loved the sport his entire life. He says that it’s in his blood, but after a devastating motorcycle accident—one that took his right arm and initially left him in a coma—no one was sure that he’d survive. In the hospital, Greg received more than 100 units of blood—so much that his blood type changed, but it made all the difference. Generous Red Cross blood donors gave Greg the chance to fight his way out of a coma and get back onto the ball field. Today, when he has a bat in his hand, Greg says he forgets about his injury. He’s just grateful to be alive.

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Teen lifeguard Reid Heiser is a true lifesaver. As soon as he heard that a man collapsed from a heart attack on nearby tennis courts, he sprung into action. Putting his Red Cross CPR training to use, Reid kept Jim Hammer alive for 11 minutes until EMTs arrived. Though the two met under unusual circumstances, they’ve struck up a friendship. Reid and Jim now work together at the same YMCA where Reid saved Jim’s life.

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Sarah Centrella, a single mom, unexpectedly lost her job. While struggling to support three young children, her problems were compounded by an emergency. A sprinkler system flooded her entire home, leaving it uninhabitable. Sarah looked around that day—firefighters in every room—put her hands to her face and cried. Luckily, Red Cross workers were there. They made sure the family had all the basics, from a safe place to stay and warm food to toothbrushes and toiletries. They even gave her children stuffed animals, a small touch that made a big difference. Sarah says the Red Cross “gave me that break, that leverage, to be able to get it together.”

Red Cross donors make heartening stories like these possible. Their thoughtful gifts are paired with the power of our unprecedented volunteer force, nearly 400,000 strong. Together, we deliver hope and critical support during people’s darkest hours. Read more stories from people who’ve been helped because of your generosity.

After a hurricane devastated my community, I was so touched by the huge outpouring of assistance offered by neighbors and complete strangers. You don't realize how difficult any natural disaster can really be, until it happens to you!!

Nancy Burroughs, Warren, Vermont

The Red Cross helped my mother. She lost her home of 31 years to a house fire. The Red Cross provided emergency funds for food and shelter immediately. It's that kind of help that we want others to experience no matter what they are facing.

Darnella Mosley, Nashville, Tennessee

I was driving from Chicago to Dallas and I was stuck in a huge snow storm. We were given shelter in a nearby church… I saw American Red Cross volunteers helping all the people in church with hot coffee, warm blankets and other food... I was so impressed with the service and the way they were helping people... I decided that if I got a chance, I would definitely help.

Kishore Konduru, Irving, Texas

When you donate to the Red Cross, your donation is used efficiently. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

How the American Red Cross Spends Your Donations

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