Los Angeles, March 27, 2019 — The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region asks everyone to #help1family on Red Cross Giving Day—Wednesday, March 27.
“Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross meets a family affected by a home fire or other disaster,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO at American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “Sadly, these crises can strip families of the roof over their heads, their clothes and their most cherished possessions. You can help in those first devastating hours by donating on Red Cross Giving Day—March 27—at redcross.org/givingday.”
EVERY 8 MINUTES DONATIONS HELP FAMILIES Last year, Red Cross disaster workers—90 percent volunteers—helped millions of people during a second consecutive year of record wildfires, hurricanes, tragic shootings and other large crises—all while responding day and night to home fires in communities across the country.
In fact, home fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster—often, devastating homes, livelihoods and cherished possessions. Just in January and February of this year, Red Cross volunteers across the country responded to almost 11,000 home fires, assisting nearly 33,000 people affected by these fires.
#HELP1FAMILY ON MARCH 27 You can provide hope to people like Karen Smith by donating on Red Cross Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign. Our goal is to help 25,000 families affected by home fires or other disasters, and we need your support. Visit redcross.org/givingday to provide urgent relief, like food, shelter and other essentials for families who need it most. You can also give by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10, or by saying ‘Alexa, make a donation to Red Cross Giving Day’ on your Alexa-enabled device.
- Support a family in urgent need for one day: A gift of $88.50 can provide a family of three with a day’s worth of food, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus blankets and other essentials in the aftermath of a disaster.
- Supply warm meals: A donation of $60 can help provide six people with a nourishing meal that includes a main course, snacks and a drink to those impacted by disasters.
- Deliver cozy blankets: A gift of $30 can ensure that children and families stay warm and can get a good night’s sleep with six comforting blankets.
MARCH IS RED CROSS MONTH The Red Cross is grateful for generous support to help people in need on Giving Day and throughout the year. During March, we honor the volunteer heroes who fuel our lifesaving work every day—a tradition dating back more than 75 years, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt first proclaimed March as Red Cross Month to raise awareness for our humanitarian mission.
You can be a hero for families in need too by becoming a volunteer, donating blood or learning lifesaving skills like first aid or CPR. Please visit redcross.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.