You can see your gift at work in the eyes of a mother thankful for a warm bed, food and clothing for her children following the heartbreak of losing their home to a fire. Your gift is at work when someone saves a co-worker having a heart attack by performing CPR, or when a family together builds a disaster kit and prepares for the affects of a hurricane or tornado.
The American Red Cross helps people in need every single day, not just during large-scale disasters. But the Red Cross is not a government agency. We rely on the generosity of the American public: we rely on you. With your ongoing support, we will continue to be there providing people in crisis with relief for today and hope for tomorrow.
No two days, weeks or years are the same at the Red Cross because so much of what we do depends on the needs of the people we serve. Here are some examples of what our generous donors have achieved through giving to the Red Cross in 2011.
- 8.6 million people in 24 countries received disaster assistance.
- Red Cross partners and communities in 33 countries were prepared for future disasters.
- 220 million people were protected against measles.
- 5,378 families turned to the Red Cross to find missing loved ones following wars and disaster
- The American Red Cross provided more than 386,000 emergency assistance services to service members and their families.
- We delivered $4.7 million in emergency financial assistance to nearly 3,500 individuals or families on behalf of the military aid societies.
- More than 1.3 million service members, family members and others were briefed about the Red Cross and its services through the Get to Know Us Before You Need Us outreach program.
- More than 8.2 million people learned lifesaving skills through the Red Cross.
- 3.6 million people attended a Red Cross disaster education presentation.
- Responded to 2,186 local disaster incidents
- Provided assistance to 2,275 families following a disaster
- Trained 55,651 people in lifesaving first aid, CPR and disaster preparedness skills
- Provided 357,563 people with the skills necessary to prepare their families, neighborhoods and businesses for future disasters
- Connected 7,640 military families with their loved ones serving in the armed forces through our emergency communication services
- Provided 24,040 military families with pre-deployment briefings
- Enlisted the help of 3,238 chapter volunteers to respond to disasters both locally and nationally, logging 192,521 hours of service