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Donate on June 2 to Help Those in Need

OKC family speaks with Red Cross volunteer

Last week alone, the Red Cross in Colorado responded to flooding in northeastern Colorado, a major apartment fire in Fort Collins, a mudslide near Colorado Springs, and home fires in numerous towns and cities. The Red Cross also deployed more than a dozen disaster workers to assist with major disaster responses in Texas and Oklahoma. 

This is in addition to the daily efforts Red Cross workers complete to prepare for the worst and support local community members through programs like Service to the Armed Forces and Restoring Family Links. 

On June 2, the American Red Cross is launching its first Giving Day, asking everyone in Colorado & Wyoming to make a donation to the Red Cross to ensure that this type of help is available wherever and whenever people need it.

“Life can change in one day, leaving someone with nothing – without a home, without their belongings, without hope,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region. “For so many of these people, the American Red Cross is the answer. We need the public’s support.”

Red Cross Giving Day is a 24-hour national fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross in communities across the country each and every day. The theme of Giving Day is “All In One Day” because the Red Cross is “all in” every day, helping people to get back on their feet.

Local businesses, individuals and foundations have signed on to the national campaign, pledging matching funds or promoting the campaign to their customers and employees. Multiple Colorado community leaders and philanthropists have contributed a $14,500 pool to match donations on June 2. Ball Corporation and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado are encouraging their employees to donate. And Suncor will run a customer donation program at all 44 of their Colorado retail gas stations from May 6-June 2. 

To take part in Giving Day and support the work of the American Red Cross, please visit redcross.org/givingday.

“On June 2nd, we have 24 hours to turn compassion into action,” said Greco. “On this one day, please donate to the Red Cross so we can be there to help people in need. All in one day, working together, we can bring help and hope to people when they need it most.”

Each day in communities across the country and around the world, the Red Cross comforts disaster victims, supplies blood to patients in need, supports members of the military and teaches people lifesaving skills. Nationally, the Red Cross:

  • Responds nearly 200 times a day to help a family affected by a home fire or other disaster.
  • Needs 15,000 blood donations every day.
  • Gives 15,500 people a day lifesaving health and safety training.
  • Provides nearly 1,000 services a day to military members, their families and veterans. 
  • With the help of partners, gives 308,000 children a day measles or rubella vaccinations. 
  • Here in Colorado & Wyoming, your support of the American Red Cross Giving Day is a promise of better days ahead for those in our community who have lost everything.

  • Last year the Red Cross responded to 417 disasters affecting more than 2,700 households in Colorado and Wyoming.
  • Our Health and Safety instructors taught more than 96,000 people lifesaving skills like CPR, First Aid and babysitting, making our neighborhoods safer for everyone who lives here.
  • As part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, our region has installed more than 1,000 lifesaving smoke alarms and helped hundreds of residents make personal evacuation plans.
  • This blog snapshot of Wednesday, May 20, gives an idea of just how much the Red Cross is doing in Colorado on any given day of the week: http://coloradoredcross.blogspot.com/2015/05/take-peek-into-what-red-cross-does.html 

    Help us help people in Colorado, Wyoming and around the country! Make a gift on June 2 by visiting http://givingday.redcross.org