During Red Cross Month, we honor those who make the American Red Cross mission possible to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
For more than 140 years, people have stepped up through the Red Cross to help when needed. These pictures show some of the ways they’ve helped over the years — even with the support of furry friends.
OUR SERVICES TODAY These are just a few of the ways our lifesaving services have evolved over time. Now, each year, the Red Cross:
- Disaster Relief: Responds to more than 60,000 disasters, reaches nearly 135,000 youth about disaster preparedness and sends more than 500 million alerts through our mobile apps.
- Blood Services: Supplies about 40% of our nation’s blood, delivering more than 6.3 million blood products for transfusion to meet the needs of patients at 2,500 hospitals and other facilities across the country.
- Training Services: Trains over 4.6 million people a year in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives. In addition, people download resources nearly 460,000 times a year from our free First Aid, Pet First Aid and Swim apps.
- International Services: Helps nearly 143 million people outside the U.S. each year with disease prevention activities and disaster services. The American Red Cross also helps reconnect, on average, more than 4,000 families every year who have been separated by war, disaster or migration around the world.
- Service to the Armed Forces: The Red Cross has been helping members of our country’s armed forces, our veterans and civilians since the Spanish-American War. Today, the Red Cross provides about 540,000 services to members of the military and veterans every year.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED Join our Red Cross Month celebration by getting involved with our mission by volunteering, giving blood, taking a lifesaving skills course or making a financial donation on Red Cross Giving Day, March 22. Learn more at redcross.org/redcrossmonth.