When people think of the American Red Cross, they tend to think of our disaster response or our blood donation programs. But the scope of what the Red Cross does goes beyond those two important programs.
Here are the “Top 10 Things You May Not Know the Red Cross Does.”
10. We have Spiritual Care teams who go out on disasters to provide emotional and spiritual support to survivors.
9. We are present at the scene of plane crashes, train derailments and chemical spills to provide assistance to the families of the victims.
8. We get emergency messages to deployed military members from their families back home. If necessary, we even help them get home, whether for the birth of a baby or to say goodbye to a dying loved one.
7. We trace and deliver messages for family members all over the world who get separated by war in their home country.
6. We partner with agencies like FEMA and private charities to coordinate recovery resources for people displaced by disaster.
5. We provide free workshops for military families to help them adjust to deployments and homecomings. We also connect them with local resources that can help out while the military member is deployed.
4. We have helped vaccinate over 1 billion children against measles and rubella.
3. We educate people about humanitarian law and what it means to our country and our world.
2. We teach individuals and businesses how to be prepared for potential emergencies, and how to become part of a resilient community.
1. We are chartered by Congress to respond to disasters, but we don’t receive government funding. We rely on an amazing network of volunteers and financial donors to carry out our mission.