The American Red Cross is one of more than 180 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies based in nations around the world. Together, we help by alleviating human suffering wherever it is found. The Red Cross promotes cost-effective, community-based programs that target large numbers of people with humanitarian aid that is rapid, effective and large-scale. In addition to international disaster relief, we conduct family tracing programs to locate loved ones missing due to war, natural disaster or civil unrest. We also work with partners to prevent diseases through the distribution of educational materials, vaccinations and health supplies.
Among other international disasters during 2010-2011, nearly 370,000 people were affected when a major earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. Our local communities reached out a helping hand through the Red Cross.
In addition, eleven individuals with ties to Central PA were assisted through the Red Cross International Tracing Services.