“When my home was claimed by fire last year, the Red Cross was among the first on-site. They looked after my family when I couldn’t be there and offered to help in any way they could. We were fortunate because we only lost ‘things’ that could be replaced. That’s not the case for every victim of disaster and that’s when the Red Cross steps in. From personal experience, I am supporting the Red Cross and their work to unite families and aid in times of need.”
"After surviving the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, I found myself without food, water, shelter…the most basic needs required to survive. Suddenly my livelihood hinged on the one hope shared by all survivors, 'please let help be on the way.' For me, that help came in the form of The Red Cross. When I saw their volunteers, I knew it meant safety, clean water, a meal…not just for me, but for thousands of other survivors too. The work they do is invaluable. They save lives. They reinstall hope. And, I'm honored to join them in their mission to do both."
"The American Red Cross is such a great organization and I’m proud to join their lifesaving mission to provide hope to those who need it most."
"I'm honored to help support an organization that touches millions of lives every year in communities nationwide," said Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Roush Ford. "Besides collecting blood and helping people recover from disasters, they give incredible support to our military personnel and their families. I want to help get the message out to race fans that the Red Cross needs our help, now. Together, let's help those who help us."
"I am honored to be a part of the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet. I have enjoyed the relationship between The Weather Channel and the American Red Cross and for years and have seen first hand how this relationship has helped people before, during and after a natural disaster. Both our companies exist to protect human life and I hope to strengthen this already invaluable relationship. Through programs like Project Safeside we will continue to prepare and educate the public about what to do when severe weather strikes."
"When I was a young schoolboy at the Beijing Opera Academy in Hong Kong, I was very poor and yearned for some of the most basic things in life. My fellow students were in similar need and it was at this time that a representative from the Red Cross arrived, bringing us supplies. My classmates and I were so grateful and touched and I vowed to always remember this generosity. When I asked what I could do to repay the Red Cross, the representative told me that the best way would be to pass on the kindness in the future if I were ever able to. I never forgot his words and as soon as I could, I established the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation and have been working for charitable causes for nearly 20 years.
I will forever be indebted to the Red Cross for the comfort they provided to me when I was a child and I am honored to be a Red Cross Cabinet member."
"I am truly honored to join the 2005 Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet. The Red Cross is an amazing organization. I don't think that the public - nor I until recently - realized the extent to which the Red Cross responds to disasters throughout the world. In light of the current crisis...now more than ever their works should be applauded. I encourage people to continue their donations to The Red Cross in support of the Tsunami relief efforts."
"The terrorist invasion of September 11th brought a renewed awaking to American citizens the importance of banding together as a nation. It gives us great pleasure to be able to work with a wonderful organization like the American Red Cross because of what it provides to this country-and around the world."
"I am honored to be a part of the celebrity panel because it allows opportunities to educate, raise awareness and offer others the chance to be part of making a difference."
“After Sept. 11 in New York, after the Tsunami, after Hurricane Katrina and Rita and Wilma, The Red Cross was there to assist the victimized people with remarkable speed, grace, and humility. I had flown down on my own to the Astrodome, and once there worked with the Red Cross and the YMCA to set up a reading center. I basically read to the kids and tried to allievate some of the grief surrounding me. It was during this time that I was invited to be on the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet, and I decided to commit because as I watched their wonderful organization assist so many people, I wanted to be available to be USED. Its like the words in that old 70’s song: “If it feels this good being used…then just keep on using me…until you use me up.”
"As a long time supporter of The American Red Cross, I applaud their unyielding commitment to the human spirit during domestic and international crises and I am honored to serve as a Celebrity Cabinet member."
"The Red Cross is a volunteer driven organization that provides humanitarian help to those in need. It is an honor for me to participate in their celebrity cabinet and encourage all individuals to become involved with their local Red Cross."
"I'm happy to volunteer for the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet. The Red Cross is an organization that responds to those in need and it is an honor to help them with the lifesaving role they play everyday in communities nationwide."
"I am honored and humbled to be part of such a great organization that is always there to help without barriers. As a member of the National Celebrity Cabinet, you can always count on me to get the job done."
"I am thrilled to volunteer for the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. As a previous member of the board that oversees Americorps, I've seen first hand the amazing difference that volunteers can make. I'm eager to continue to do everything I can to help the American Red Cross and encourage the American public to support the Red Cross by giving time, blood and money so that they can carry out their lifesaving mission."
"Whenever a natural disaster occurs, it is always the Red Cross that responds quickly and compassionately. I am honored to lend my voice to their cause, and thrilled to serve on the Celebrity Cabinet for 2010."
"I saw firsthand the efforts of the Red Cross immediately after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. This was surely the worst U.S. disaster they’d ever had to respond to. I saw the Red Cross in Houston and Dallas, working around the clock for days and weeks. Imagine what these survivors went through – one day they were going about their lives and normal routines, and the next day all they had were the clothes on their back and a borrowed cot to sleep on. That’s a very lonely feeling and these Red Cross volunteers were literally their anchors in the storm, offering the emotional support that was needed. They were there not just to provide food and shelter, but a sense of family and comfort when these displaced people needed it the most, when they had no idea where their actual family members were. I am proud to be associated with such a caring organization. “No” is not in their vocabulary. Instead, their first response is always: 'Where do you need me?'"
"When I was asked in 2001 to join the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, I was deeply honored. Especially in light of the tragedies of September 11, I was moved to get involved with a national organization that for so long has done so much good. I began my career as a broadcast television anchor/reporter in Charleston, S.C. It was there that I saw firsthand the commitment of the Red Cross to family and community during the recovery from Hurricane Hugo. Later, as an anchor for NBC in Miami, I played witness to the revitalization of Florida following Hurricane Andrew. In covering both disasters, I was amazed at the efforts of the Red Cross and all of its volunteers. The organization works tirelessly to help those affected by tragedy…not only in the first few days following an event, but also for years after. It is with pride that I continue my volunteer service on their National Celebrity Cabinet. To be able to contribute to the many efforts of the American Red Cross and to encourage others to volunteer is my duty."
"Whether it is a call to action for blood drives, disaster relief, or just community outreach, the American Red Cross does an extraordinary job at not only meeting the immediate needs of a community, but also the preparation and planning for long-term support," says Rucker. "I am honored that they would include me in the Cabinet as a member and contributor."
"It's a great honor to be asked to take part in this worthwhile endeavor for the American Red Cross for another year. I can tell you from personal experience that the time I spend volunteering and working with other volunteers has enriched my life. I look forward to continuing to support the Red Cross during the next year and as a mother, I hope to make a difference, especially with children's issues."
"I'm so honored to serve a role with the American Red Cross. It is an organization I have supported, recommended and trusted for so many years. I'm proud to lend my name and support and look forward to being actively involved in the incredible work they do to those in such great need."
"The Red Cross is an amazing organization who's efforts have helped many. I am honored to be a Celebrity Cabinet Member. This organization is inspiring, and I want to help put band-aids on the wounds of those in need."