Facts at a Glance

Facts at a Glance:

The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross received its charter in June 1914.

Our first major disaster response was for the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917.

Our chapter opened the first blood plasma bank in the South in 1942 to support the U.S. military. We launched a community blood program after WWII.

One of our most famous volunteers was Margaret Mitchell, legendary author of Gone WithThe Wind, who was often pictured in her Red Cross uniform.

Today, we carry out our Red Cross mission in metro Atlanta with the help of 1,300 registered volunteers. (The ratio of local volunteers to paid employees is approximately 22:1)

In 2010, the Metro Atlanta Chapter assumed leadership responsibility for the Georgia Red Cross Regional and its network of chapters statewide.

In 2014, we celebrated our Metro Atlanta Centennial over a 100 day period through special events, including the launch of our Centennial Stories Project.

Over the past decade, Atlanta’s Red Cross, with the help of the community, supported the following large disaster relief operations:

2004: Hurricane Season: Charley, Frances, Ivan & Jeanne

2004: Fundraising for South Asia/East Africa Tsunami

2005: Hurricane Season: Cindy & Dennis…Then KATRINA-Rita-Wilma

2006: Americans Repatriated to Atlanta from Lebanon

2007: Bluffton University Bus Crash in Atlanta

2008: City of Atlanta Tornado

2009: Fundraising for Haiti Earthquake

2009: Georgia Floods

2011: Georgia Spring Tornadoes

2012-13: Volunteers sent to Hurricane Sandy

2014: Snow and Ice storms in Georgia

2015: An unprecedented season of home fire response in Georgia

For more information, see our 2012 Georgia Region Stewardship Report