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Red Cross Mission

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Red Cross Dollar Handles
  • Help families affected by disasters $500 (or fill-in) - Nearly every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a home fire or other disaster. Your gift will bring urgent help and hope to families when the next emergency strikes.
  • Deploy an emergency response vehicle for a day $300 - Red Cross workers travel to impacted neighborhoods in fully stocked Emergency Response vehicles to provide food, water and critical relief to communities in need.
  • Provide clean-up kits and comfort supplies after a disaster strikes $120 - Make cleaning supplies and hygiene items available for four families in need that include vital items like a mop, bucket and disinfectant, plus personal items like toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo.
  • Support a family in urgent need $88.50 - Provide a family with a day’s worth of food, plus blankets and other essentials.
  • Supply warm meals $60 - Help provide six hearty, comforting meals to those impacted by disasters.
  • Deliver cozy blankets $30 - Ensure children and families stay warm and can get a good night’s sleep with six comforting blankets.
  • Red Cross Quotes

    They gave me hope. They showed me the best in people.

    Kathy R. of Derby, Kansas, whose family survived a tornado

    I had never really been on the receiving end of such unconditional love as I was that day.

    Kevin R., whose family home was flooded

    When you give even a little from the heart, it means the world to someone who has lost so much.

    Denise T., who overcame a tragic house fire
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