Public Responds Generously with $211 Million in Donations and Pledges to Date to Help Survivors of Hurricane Harvey
WASHINGTON, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 — The American Red Cross today announced it has raised $211 million in donations and pledges to date to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey, with more still coming in. The organization estimates its disaster relief and recovery efforts, in response to the largest flooding disaster in U.S. history, could cost hundreds of millions of dollars more and last many months and even years.
The Red Cross has spent millions already providing food, water, shelter, relief supplies, health and mental health care to tens of thousands of people – and that is just the start of its efforts. In places where floodwaters have receded, the Red Cross is fanning out across neighborhoods delivering meals, relief supplies and cleaning items such as buckets, mops, bleach, shovels, etc. to help people take care of flood damage in their homes. On Friday, it plans to announce a substantial new assistance program to help with the immediate needs of hundreds of thousands whose homes have been severely affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support across the country that has enabled us to help survivors of Hurricane Harvey with safe shelter, meals, care and comfort—and our work is just beginning,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “As many return to their homes, they will face heartbreaking challenges—and the Red Cross will be there as they struggle to rebuild their lives and regain hope.”
In response to Hurricane Harvey, the Red Cross has mounted a massive relief effort and is spending donations from the public on the following:
The Red Cross keeps its expenses low to ensure that 91 cents of every dollar it receives for Hurricane Harvey will be spent to provide services to people affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Red Cross receives the highest ratings for Accountability and Transparency from independent non-profit watchdogs like Charity Navigator and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
“We are going to honor the wishes of our donors, and after the emergency relief part of work, we will use remaining donations for Hurricane Harvey to meet the longer term needs of individuals and communities affected by this disaster,” said McGovern.
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.