Media Statement - Sutherland Springs, Texas Church Shooting
Monday, November 6, 2017 - The American Red Cross is saddened by the tragic church shooting that took place Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The Red Cross is on the ground to provide comfort and support.
At the request of local emergency officials, the Red Cross is supporting a Family Assistance Center for those affected and a Respite Center for first responders. The Red Cross is also mobilizing additional volunteers who specialize in mental health and health services to help care for loved ones struggling to come to terms with this heartbreaking event. Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to coordinate closely with local officials and community partners to determine how we can best support this tightknit community.
The Red Cross stands ready to provide blood and blood products as needed, and we are grateful for all donors who generously give blood throughout the country. This tragedy illustrates that it is the blood already on the shelves that helps during an emergency. Volunteer blood and platelet donors are needed each and every day to help save lives.
While the Red Cross is not accepting financial donations designated specifically for this event, we always need the public to help support the nearly 64,000 other disasters we respond to every year around the country. Donations for Red Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small.
Emergencies can happen in any community at any time. Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to support this event.
Coping and Preparedness Tips
This is a difficult time for everyone affected and it’s important for people to connect with and support each other. The Red Cross offers the following tips to help people stay strong:
To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
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.