Between January 1 and December 1 of 2013, the American Red Cross had 146 large disaster relief efforts in 42 states and territories in response to tornadoes, floods, wildfires and severe storms that devastated communities across the country. In their hour of need, these communities turned to the Red Cross on the ground and online for help and hope.
“This is bad, but we’re going to get through it because we have each other, we have our community and we have the Red Cross,” a user posted to The Red Cross Blog.
Keep in mind that it’s not just headline disasters that left thousands of people in need this year. Every night in America, while most people are sleeping, Red Cross volunteers are standing on the lawn with someone who just lost their home and everything they own in a fire. The Red Cross gives them a warm blanket, a hot cup of coffee, a place to stay for the night, and a plan to help them get back on their feet.
In 2013, the Red Cross responded to more than 52,000 home fires across America, helping 226,000 people get back on their feet. For those who have suffered, this event can be just as devastating as the high profile disasters that receive national attention.
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Regardless of the size of the event, the Red Cross responds in the same way—with shelter, food and emotional support.