Disasters don’t stop. People don’t stop needing lifesaving blood. Emergencies don’t take a break. And the Red Cross doesn’t stop either. We are always here in times of need, 24/7, 365 days a year and even more so during these times.
As a volunteer and National Capital Area Chapter Board Member, I see firsthand what a lifesaving, life changing impact we have in our own community. I have seen us respond at two o’clock in the morning when my own family suffered a fire in their home. I have seen us provide training to thousands of volunteers, classes in CPR, shelter management, and even the use of Red Cross therapy dogs and how to be there for our service members at Walter Reed. And I am impassioned, moved, and inspired by the dedication I have seen from all corners of the Red Cross in my time of service.
In the last year, during both a global pandemic AND one of the worst years for major disasters ever, the National Capital Area Chapter has persevered to:
· Help 457 people, our neighbors, after tragedy struck in the form of a house fire.
· Safely collect over 32,000 units of vital blood products, used to save trauma victims, burn victims, treat cancer patients, and more.
· Worked with hundreds of local businesses and organization to prevent, minimize, and prepare for the next disaster using the Ready Rating Program.
· Provide a broad range of support to our military and their families, including food and community aid to families in quarantine away from home during COVID-19.
I work with an outstanding team of volunteers, servant leaders, and staff, over 1,600 in our area, to help save lives, offer training and resources to respond to and prevent disasters, and to roll up our sleeves and be there for our neighbors and our military families when disaster does strike.
I am asking you to help me and the Red Cross continue saving and changing lives.
Make a financial contribution to help the Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission here locally and nationwide by clicking on the donate button at the top right of this page
Make an appointment to donate blood using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
To learn more about the Red Cross and our lifesaving mission, watch (54 seconds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yocyWr-wSJY
I appreciate all you do and anything you can do. And to sweeten the ask, I’m going to raffle off a dinner for 6 at my house, poolside for those that are willing to make a financial donation, give blood or sign up to volunteer your time.
With much gratitude