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
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
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.