We Stand Ready in Massachusetts

Helping Massachusetts recover from tragedy for over 100 years

No one can predict when or where the next disaster will strike. With your help, we have responded when disasters both natural and man-made tested our region this year as never before.

The American Red Cross ensures that those affected by tragedy always have somewhere to turn for help. We need your support now more than ever. Your generosity enables us to respond to the next call for help in our community.

Your investment supports the critical services we provide in the hours and days after a disaster, like at the 2013 Boston Marathon, and will ready our organization for disasters yet to come.

    We will stand ready at the 118th B.A.A. Boston Marathon with:

  • 400 EMT- level volunteers will staff medical stations along the Boston Marathon route.
  • 22 of the 26 Medical Stations along the course will be run by our volunteers.
  • 40 disaster mental health volunteers will be available.
  • Our Disaster Operations Center will be fully staffed at our Cambridge headquarters.

    Last year, we helped Boston recover from the Boston Marathon bombings:

  • 300 Red Cross volunteers and staff were on-hand to provide more than 45,000 meals and snacks to first responders, residents and affected families.
  • Over 3,500 mental health contacts were made by Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers, and 78 memorials, vigils and community gatherings were supported by Red Cross staff.
  • 41 families were assisted with financial grants to help them get by in the days and weeks after the bombings.
  • 460 people registered on our Safe and Well website, after being separated from family on Marathon Monday.
You can help people affected by disasters large and small by supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables us to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.