The American Red Cross is asking people to remember those families impacted by disaster and to #help1family during Giving Day on April 26. Donations can provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials for those who need it most.
Nearly every eight minutes throughout the nation, the Red Cross responds to a family that may have lost everything because of a home fire or other disaster such as the recent tornadoes that struck Oak Grove and Smithville.
Giving Day is a one-day nationwide event that will help raise funds to ensure the Red Cross is able to meet the critical mission of helping those affected by emergencies. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in its humanitarian services and programs.
A donation of $88.50 covers the cost of support for a family of three with a day’s worth of meals and snacks, plus blankets and other essentials. A donation of $60 will help provide six hearty meals and $30 can ensure that children and families stay warm and get a good night’s sleep with six comforting blankets.
Last year, the Red Cross responded to 180 significant disasters in 45 states and two U.S. territories including wildfires, storms, flooding, Hurricane Matthew and other major emergencies. More than 32,000 Red Crossers opened nearly 800 emergency shelters providing 206,000 overnight stays, served more than 4.1 million meals and snacks and distributed more than 2.1 million relief items.
On average, every year the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters across the country, the vast majority being home fires. In the Greater Kansas City Chapter service area alone, the Red Cross has helped 740 people during the first three months of this year.
Also last year, the Red Cross collected more than 4.8 million units of blood from 2.8 million volunteer donors. These donations were processed into about 6.8 million blood products to meet the needs of patients in about 2,600 hospitals across the U.S.
Donations can be made now by visiting redcross.org/giving day. A $10 donation to the Red Cross can be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999. All donations will be processed on April 26.
Anyone who would like to become a Red Cross volunteer and help those in need can get more information by going to redcross.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS.