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Give Back on Giving Day, April 21st

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Our mission is to help those in need in the Greater Chesapeake Region, but we certainly wouldn’t be able to fulfill our mission without the generous support of the community.

The American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region is holding its 2016 Giving Day on Thursday, April 21. The one-day event is designed to rally the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia public to support the Red Cross as it meets its critical and lifesaving mission of helping families who have been affected by disaster or emergencies.

“Imagine if every American helped just one family in the U.S.,” said Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. “Think of how much good we could do – together – on Giving Day.”

Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters nationwide – the vast majority of these are home fires – where a family has lost everything; the roof over their heads, their clothes, and their most cherished possessions. In the Greater Chesapeake Region, the Red Cross responds annually to more than 1,300 disasters.

“Our mission is to help those in need in the Greater Chesapeake Region, but we certainly wouldn’t be able to fulfill our mission without the generous support of the community,” said Scott R. Salemme, regional CEO of the Greater Chesapeake Region. “By participating in our Giving Day, your help allows us to provide vital assistance to people impacted by fires and other disasters.” 

Giving Day’s #help1family effort can help a family begin to recover from a disaster by:

  • Supporting a family in urgent need by providing them with a day’s worth of food and other essentials.
  • Delivering blankets to ensure families stay warm and can get a good night’s sleep.
  • Providing clean-up kits after a disaster including vital items like mops, buckets and disinfectant. 
  • Donations can be made now by visiting redcross.org/givingday.  A $10 donation to the Red Cross can be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999. All donations will be processed on April 21, 2016.

    You can also assist by signing up to be a Giving Day Social Ambassador by clicking here. As a Social Ambassador, you would help spread the word about families who need Red Cross services after a home fire or other emergency. As an Ambassador, you’ll receive a weekly update with stories, videos and messages you can share with your friends and family to inspire others to get involved with Giving Day.