While many people think of the Red Cross responding to large disasters, it’s the everyday support in local communities that makes a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors.
“We touch one in every four people in South Carolina, providing care and comfort for our friends and neighbors when they need it the most,” says Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive for the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross.
In South Carolina, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every four hours on average. We help meet the immediate needs of people whose lives are changed when a disaster strikes. We give families a place to sleep, meals, clothes and shoes – and a path to recovery.
While we stand by those affected by disasters as they recover, we also work hard to prevent these disasters from happening in the first place. Since October 2014, we have installed more than 5,000 smoke alarms statewide, helping protect families from the most common disaster in the United States – home fires.
We also serve those who serve to protect us. We proudly support members of the military and their families throughout their careers, from enlistment through retirement, including veterans. We reach out and deliver emergency messages, almost 10,000 in South Carolina last year, from the happy news of a child about to be born, to the somber news of a loved one passing away. We help families, often separated by time and distance, come together.
Sometimes it’s a stranger that changes a life. A person performing a CPR on the sidewalk. A lifeguard rescuing a child from a pool. We teach lifesaving skills like these to more than 77,000 people in South Carolina every year.
Our lifesaving mission extends to patients in need. Last year over 71,000 South Carolinians rolled up a sleeve to give blood and platelets. Because one pint of blood can help save the lives of as many as three people, the impact is immense.
You can help. By giving online now through June 2nd, you will help ensure that we are able to continue to be there for your friends and neighbors, with hugs and hope when they need it most.