April 12, 2016 — The American Red Cross Eastern North Carolina Region is launching its second annual 24-hour Giving Day on April 21, to be able to provide hope and urgent relief like food, and other essentials to people when they need it most – after a disaster.
Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters. That means that every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster– the vast majority of which are home fires. Here in Eastern North Carolina, we respond on average to five families each day who lose their homes and essential possessions to home fires.
But it is important to remember behind these statistics are individual families who rely on their neighbors for help. A gift to our one-day awareness effort can provide urgent relief of food, shelter, financial assistance, and other essentials.
Imagine the impact if each American gave even a small donation to give one family a little hope and relief in a time of tragedy. The Red Cross is asking the public to turn compassion into action and support this Giving Day to change the story of a single family in their time of need.
Funds raised on April 21 will go toward supporting families recovering from disasters such as home fires, tornados and floods in our area.
WHO: American Red Cross Eastern North Carolina
WHAT: Giving Day – If we each help one family, think of what we could do.
WHERE: 24-hour, online fundraising campaign for Red Cross emergency and disaster relief
WHEN: April 21 – 12 a.m. to11:59 p.m.
MEDIA CONTACT: Barry Porter, 919-231-3034
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.