This year, our volunteers and donors helped make sure the Red Cross was ready to respond to the needs of the citizens of Massachusetts, as well as those in need across the country.
Starting in September the American Red Cross launched a wide-ranging relief effort to help people in North and South Carolina devastated by Hurricane Florence. In October, Hurricane Michael severely impacted the Florida Panhandle, followed in November by the Woolsey and Camp Fires in California. With the Camp Fire becoming the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in California history. Our partners also help us make homes safer through our Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, help us to respond to disasters by supporting the purchase of Red Cross vehicles, help military families through our Service to the Armed Forces Programs and help us support our generous volunteer blood donors.
In Fiscal Year 2018, your local Red Cross was hard at work providing comfort and hope right here at home. The American Red Cross in Massachusetts:
- Responded to 683 local incidents, including fires, power outages, hazardous materials releases, transportation accidents and storms in Massachusetts and provided immediate disaster assistance to nearly 5,000 residents in the form of emergency shelter; food; clothing; children’s items; and other household needs.
- Installed more than 7,000 smoke alarms as part of the Home Fire Campaign.
- Taught more than 23,000 Massachusetts residents how to protect themselves and their families or to help others in an emergency through classes in First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard training, Babysitter training, Community Disaster Education programs and more.
- Provided emergency communications, support services and access to emergency financial assistance to more than 1,300 military families.
- Collected more than 140,000 units of blood to provide lifesaving blood components, plasma derivatives and transfusion services to hospitals and acute care facilities in Massachusetts.
The Red Cross also runs one of New England’s largest food pantries, serving more than 182,000 people last year.
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/ma or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossma.