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Support Red Cross Giving Day to Ensure Help is Available When Needed

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The American Red Cross is launching its first Giving Day on June 2, asking Americans to make a donation to help ensure that help is available wherever and whenever people need it.

“Life can change in one day, leaving someone with nothing – without a home, without their belongings, without hope,” says Jennifer Gaylord, Major Gifts Officer. “For so many of these people, the American Red Cross is the answer. We need the public’s support.”

Red Cross Giving Day is an all-day national fundraising campaign supporting the 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 to get back on their feet.

“On June 2nd, we have 24 hours to turn compassion into action,” says Gaylord. “On this one day, please donate to the Red Cross so we can be there to help people in need.”

To take part in Giving Day and support the work of the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org/givingday. All in one day, working together, we can bring help and hope to people when they need it most.

Each day in communities across the country and around the world, the Red Cross comforts disaster victims, supplies blood to patients in need, supports members of the military and teaches people lifesaving skills. Nationally, the Red Cross:

• Responds nearly 200 times a day to help a family affected by a home fire or other disaster.

• Needs 15,000 blood donations every day.

• Gives 15,500 people a day lifesaving health and safety training.

• Provides nearly 1,000 services a day to military members, their families and veterans.

• With the help of partners, gives 308,000 children a day measles or rubella vaccinations.

Mainers’ support of Giving Day is a promise of better days ahead for those in our community who have lost everything. Last year:

• The American Red Cross in Maine responded to 258 disaster incidents, assisting 1,072 individuals — thanks to the help of 814 volunteers.

• The Red Cross educated 4,248 community members in key aspects of disaster preparedness and response.

• The Red Cross trained 16,179 more in lifesaving skills such as CPR, AED (automatic external defibrillator) water safety, and instructor certification.

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. Learn more at MaineRedCross.org, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).