Families across the United States have experienced incredible heartbreak over the past twelve months—from grappling with a global pandemic to fleeing record-breaking storms and wildfires. Now, as unrest in the nation’s capital and other communities unfolds, feelings of uncertainty continue to grow.
The American Red Cross strongly rejects violence of any kind and stands alongside those who bring help and hope to people struggling during this difficult time for the United States.
As the country’s most trusted humanitarian organization, families rely on the Red Cross to help them through some of the toughest times in their lives. We are committed to continuing our humanitarian work, even—and especially— during moments of uncertainty.
The Red Cross is taking steps to deliver mission-critical services amid potential unrest in the coming days. This includes monitoring daily risks, working closely with local officials, and delivering lifesaving blood for hospital patients. It is critical that the Red Cross ensures a sufficient blood supply is on hand to meet the needs of patients each day and be prepared for emergencies of all types, including events that can disrupt blood drives, or traumas that require blood transfusions.
Keeping our workforce safe is a top priority, so we are taking steps to keep our staff and volunteers safe. And since people of color and other targeted groups are feeling particularly at-risk, the Red Cross will remain vigilant.
As news of fear and tragedy continues to dominate the air waves—and our everyday conversations—it’s important to remember that there is also good news all around: people are donating blood to help strangers in the hospital; those in the path of disasters are greeted by volunteers offering them shelter; and neighbors are stepping up to help one another challenge after challenge. It is through these acts of generosity and grace that we hope this country will embrace unity—which will allow us to see the best in others and inspire us to heal and to help one another.
At the Red Cross, we provide aid without discrimination, regardless of nationality, race, citizenship status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or political opinions. We will continue that mission today, tomorrow, and far into the future.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.