SANTA ANA, CALIF. — The American Red Cross is launching its first-ever Giving Day on June 2, 2015. As part of the campaign, the Red Cross Serving Orange County is asking residents to make a donation to help ensure that local help is available wherever and whenever people need it.
“Life can change in an instant, sometimes leaving people with nothing – without a home, without their belongings, without hope,” said Janet Whitcomb, interim regional chief executive officer at the American Red Cross Serving Orange County. “For so many, the Red Cross is the answer.”
Red Cross Giving Day is a 24-hour national fundraising campaign supporting the daily work of the Red Cross in communities across the country. The theme of Giving Day is “All in One Day” because the Red Cross is “all in” every day, helping people get back on their feet after disasters.
“On June 2nd, we have 24 hours to turn compassion into action,” said Whitcomb. “On this one day, we encourage everyone to support the Red Cross so we can be there to help our neighbors during their greatest time of need.”
Each day in communities across the country, the Red Cross comforts disaster victims, supplies blood and platelets to patients in need, supports members of the military, and teaches people lifesaving skills. Last year, the Red Cross Serving Orange County:
• Responded to over 130 local emergencies.
• Assisted 11,799 military members, veterans and their families.
• Trained more than 52,040 people in lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR, making our neighborhoods safer for everyone who lives here.
Supporting Red Cross Giving Day is a promise of being able to provide immediate help and hope for those in our community affected by disasters and emergencies.
How to Help on Giving Day
Donate: To take part in Giving Day and make a donation to support the work of the American Red Cross, please visit redcross.org/givingday.
Become a Social Ambassador: The Red Cross is asking social media-savvy supporters to join the growing team of Social Ambassadors for Giving Day. Social Ambassadors can spread the word about Red Cross Giving Day using #Allin1Day. Ambassadors can sign up now here.
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 redcross.org/oc or visit us on Twitter at @OCRedCross.