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Give Back This Giving Day and HELP1FAMILY

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“On April 21, we encourage everyone to support the Red Cross so we can help our neighbors in need."

Every 8 minutes, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster. Think about that for a quick second. 8 minutes from now, the American Red Cross will be deployed at another disaster to provide much needed relief for victims who are in desperate need.

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.

Giving Day is on April 21st, and we need your support to make a meaningful impact for those who desperately need shelter, food, and other essentials after a disaster strikes their community.

This one-day event is designed to rally the public to support the Red Cross’s critical and lifesaving mission of helping families who have been affected by disasters or emergencies. The 2016 theme of our Giving Day is #Help1Family, because the Red Cross is committed to aiding people during their darkest hour and when they need it most.

  • Just 30 dollars can deliver warm blankets to families, providing them with comfort for a good night’s sleep.
  • $88.50 can provide a family with an entire day’s worth of food, blankets, and other necessary essentials.
  • $335 can deploy an emergency response vehicle for an entire day – giving urgent food, water, and critical relief to communities in need

Watch our video of supporters – just like you – helping families in need.

“Life can change in an instant, sometimes leaving people with nothing – without a home, without their belongings, without hope,” Leslie Schaffer, Regional Executive Director for the American Red Cross Iowa Region. “For so many, the Red Cross is the answer.”

Last year in Iowa, Red Cross disaster workers helped 2,023 individuals after 673 disasters in their communities including home fires, flooding, tornadoes and other storm damage. Since January 1, Iowans have given more than 36,850 lifesaving blood donations. More than 1,220 Red Cross volunteers in Iowa have given more than 41,000 hours of service to people in need in their communities.  

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 April 21, we encourage everyone to support the Red Cross so we can be there to help our neighbors during their greatest time of need,” Schaffer said.

Your support on Giving Day will help tremendously in those critical first few days after a disaster. YOU can make an impact. Donate at or simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.