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#help1family on American Red Cross Giving Day, March 28

Support volunteers who provide compassion and necessities to people in need, like Norma and Bill, after a disaster

WASHINGTON D.C. – March 27, 2018 — The American Red Cross is asking everyone to join us in supporting families impacted by disaster and #help1family on Red Cross Giving Day tomorrow – Wednesday, March 28. A donation can help provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most.

On average the Red Cross responds to about 64,000 disasters each year, but the most frequent type of disaster responded to in 2017 were home fires.

Norma and Bill know the importance of the Red Cross support after their home was significantly burned in 2017. Red Cross volunteer Martha arrived on the scene and provided the couple with kindness and compassion, as well as essentials such as clothes and toiletries, and other life necessities that are so often taken for granted. Through the help of volunteers like Martha, Norma and Bill feel and feel that they are not alone during a challenging and stressful time.

Similar to Norma and Bill, every day someone, somewhere is assisted by the Red Cross. Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross, helping people across the country in need of emergency support. Financial donations are a promise of better days ahead for those in our community who have lost everything – #help1family and donate by visiting redcross.org/givingday, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. A donation can help provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most.

Nearly every eight minutes, the Red Cross meets a family that may have lost everything to a home fire or other disaster somewhere across the country. Financial support on Giving Day will help in those minutes, hours and days after a disaster.

  • A donation of $88.50* will provide a family of three with urgent relief, food, shelter, and other essentials for one day.
  • A donation of $60* can help provide six meals for disaster victims.
  • A donation of $30* can ensure that children and families stay warm and can get a good night’s sleep with six comforting blankets.
  • The Red Cross is grateful for the generosity of the American people on Red Cross Giving Day, during March is Red Cross Month and throughout the year.

    *These dollar handles are based on FY16 data

    About our Giving Day Supporters:

    The American Red Cross is grateful for those donors that are making an impact to #help1family by supporting our Giving Day. They include: ETP/Sunoco Foundation and Willow Springs Foundation.. Thanks to the kindness of these and other supporters, the Red Cross is able to provide hope and urgent relief to people when they need it most.

    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.