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American Red Cross Connecticut Encourages People to #help1family On Giving Day

Imagine if every American helped just one family in the U.S.

On Thursday, April 21, Support Families in Their Time of Most Need

The American Red Cross Connecticut is holding its 2016 Giving Day on Thursday, April 21. The one-day event is designed to rally the Connecticut 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 Connecticut, the Red Cross responds annually to more than 800 disasters.

“Our mission is to help those in need in Connecticut, but we certainly wouldn’t be able to fulfill our mission without the generous support of the community,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “By participating in our Giving Day, your help allows us to provide vital assistance to people impacted by fires and other disasters.”

It takes just $88.50* to support a family of three with basic essentials for one day following a disaster that affects a community such as a tornado. A gift to our one-day awareness effort can provide urgent relief like a day’s worth of food, plus blankets and other essentials.

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 A $10 donation to the Red Cross can be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999. All donations will be processed on April 21, 2016.

*These figures are based on FY15 estimates

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.