Letter to the Editor:
On behalf of our local American Red Cross staff, board of directors and volunteers, we simply want to say thank you to our community! Together, we prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors everyday.
In fact, our disaster responders are called into action every day in Southeastern WI. Around the clock, we provide the basic need services to help individuals and families weather any storm. Residential fires are the most common (90%) of our responses and yet we train and prepare for larger incidents too.
When hurricane Sandy struck, nearly 100 trained responders headed east to serve victims of the wind, snow and flooding to help millions. The generosity of so many was unparalleled. We’re so proud of how our media partners, corporate community and individuals alike joined forces to give of their time, talent and treasure. All disaster assistance is free just when people need a little help the most. This year, we responded to 415 local disasters and we provided financial support to 630 families to assist with shelter, food, infant supplies, clothing, medication and more. This support is made possible through the generosity the American people.
Locally, we also supported nearly 1,800 military families through pre-deployment briefings, emergency messages and reconnection workshop. Through an amazing community response, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program will brighten more than 23,000 military members’ holidays too! In the coming year, we’re even expanding our work with local Veterans programs.
We’ve incorporated new life-saving technology with free Apps so you always have first aid and disaster tips available. While we still teaching youth to seniors in classrooms, we’ve also expanded on-line and blended learning. With more than 136,105 people reached through life-saving skills, we have saved countless lives. A few hours learning skills could mean the difference between life and death. We urge you to make a New Year’s resolution to be Red Cross Ready in the coming months.
We continue to provide about 40% of the nations’ blood supply and what is even more important is that every two seconds someone in the USA needs that gift of life. In Southeastern Wisconsin, volunteers donated selflessly to someone they may never know.
Our dynamic organization has served the country since 1881. Today, each of our supporters has their own story and reason for giving back. Our needs will continue and we will be there to serve our communities but only with your help. Together, we roll-up our sleeves, open our hearts and jump-in to save lives.
Chief Operating Officer
American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin
2600 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233