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Volunteers Help Red Cross Assist People in Need

Scrubby Bear

The American Red Cross values its hundreds of thousands of volunteers who help fulfill the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering during emergencies.

These volunteers help staff blood drives, volunteer at Veteran’s Hospitals, teach people lifesaving skills like First Aid and CPR, respond to house fires in the middle of the night and so much more.

Here is one of their stories:

HELPING IN SPAIN At the Service to the Armed Forces offices on Naval Station, Rota, Spain, “Scrubby Bear” donates his time as a Community Outreach Coordinator, giving his time for many special events such as National Random Acts of Kindness Day. “Scrubby” works hard to know the Rota community understands the importance of personal health and cleanliness. “I wouldn’t say handwashing is an obsession for me; just something I spend most of my time thinking about,” he said. His acts of kindness are recognized on social media, his chocolate and flowers, handing out snacks, door holding and giving hugs. “Scrubby” is especially grateful for his assistants, who make sure he is always on time.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER Red Cross volunteers give their time to help their community. Sign up today to join their ranks and be part of the lifesaving work of the Red Cross. There are many ways you can get involved. Go to to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign offers another way to volunteer and help reduce the number of home fire injuries and deaths locally. Volunteers are going door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for fires to install smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety. Since the Home Fire Campaign started, it has been credited with saving a number of lives. Volunteers have already installed hundreds of thousands of smoke alarms in more than 4,100 cities and towns across the United States.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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