ATLANTA -- Tuesday, June 2 is American Red Cross Giving Day – the first, 24-hour fundraising event of its kind for the Red Cross, which depends upon the generosity of the community to respond to one new disaster or home fire every 8 minutes.
“All in one day,” the Red Cross is asking Georgians to put their busy schedules on pause for the brief time it takes to make a donation online, by phone (1-800-RedCross) or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.00. Contributions of any size will help to ensure that the Red Cross can continue to be there to provide help and hope, whenever our neighbors need us most.
Even before the arrival of Hurricane Season on June 1, the Red Cross is in the midst of one of its largest disaster relief operations in recent years in Texas and Oklahoma, where more than three weeks of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes have destroyed lives, property and thousands of homes. Twenty-seven Red Cross volunteers from Georgia are among 2,200 Red Cross workers to date who helped open 52 shelters, serve 70,000 meals and snacks, distribute 52,000 relief items and cleaning supplies and provide health and mental health support for thousands of people.
At the same time, in communities across Georgia, Red Cross volunteers continue to respond to local disasters during an especially busy year for home fires. By the close of our fiscal year on June 30th, Georgia’s Red Cross anticipates that more than 4,000 families (12,500 people) will have turned to the Red Cross for help with food, shelter, clothing and other essentials following nearly 2,900 incidents, including 11 large apartment fires. In Georgia, the Red Cross provides help and hope to, on average, 11 families (35 people) a day who have nowhere else to turn.
Every day, in communities here, across the country and around the world, the Red Cross comforts disaster survivors, supplies blood to patients in need, supports members of the military and teaches people life-saving skills. The Red Cross is a non-profit organization, not a government agency. The humanitarian mission of the Red Cross is only made possible through the financial and volunteer support of local communities.
On Giving Day, the Red Cross is inviting all Americans to stand with us #Allin1day, and turn compassion into action with a financial gift of any size. Those who support the Red Cross mission are also encouraged to be Giving Day “Ambassadors” and spread the word about the need for support through their social media outlets. Resources are available for this purpose at www.redcross.org/givingday.
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 www.redcross.org/georgia or visit us on Twitter at @AtlantaRedCross.