Harvey: One Week after Landfall, 42,000+ People in Red Cross and Partner Shelters
See Where Your Red Cross Donations Are Going
Washington, D.C., September 1, 2017 — One week after Harvey made landfall in Texas, the American Red Cross continues to work around the clock to help thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey as catastrophic flooding continues along the Gulf Coast.
Tens of thousands of people are escaping the devastation in hundreds of Red Cross and community shelters, many having lost everything except what they could carry as they fled their flooded neighborhoods.
“I was in Texas this week and met many survivors of this catastrophic storm who have lost everything but are still resilient and grateful to be safe, and for the help they are receiving thanks to generous donations from the American people,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “I also saw the work or our incredible volunteers and partners working around the clock to deliver comfort, care and hope. We are providing emergency relief right now, and as these days turn into weeks, we’ll work with individuals and families to help them get back on their feet.”
While in Texas, McGovern described how financial donations are being used.
You can learn more about where your donations are going in this video message from Gail McGovern.
“Huge disasters like Hurricane Harvey are extremely difficult, but we always strive to do the right thing. Americans work hard for their money, and we’re committed to being the very best stewards of our donor’s dollars. We keep our expenses low, and 91 cents of every dollar we spend for this disaster will go to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are very proud of the fact that our overhead is low because it allows us to spend more on the people we serve.”
WHERE YOUR DONATIONS ARE GOING
The outpouring of financial support for the Red Cross relief effort along the Gulf Coast has been tremendous. The following is an example of how those generous donations are being used:
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support for the Red Cross mission as we continue to help people affected by this deadly storm,” McGovern continued. “Our donors should be proud of how their donations are being used to help save lives and support people during some of their darkest days imaginable. It truly is America at its best, and we stand with the people of Texas during this difficult time.”
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.