Shelter of Hope

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About Shelter of Hope


When disaster strikes, relief cannot wait. 

Families need shelter, food, water, first aid and emotional support. They need the American Red Cross.

On average, every 24 hours the Red Cross responds to a disaster right here in San Diego and Imperial Counties, from devastating home fires to wildfires to floods and more. You can help us provide a Shelter of Hope to our neighbors in need.

Join us on May 1 through 8 as the Shelter of Hope travels throughout San Diego raising funds and awareness to support local Red Cross services. Your generosity will provide care and compassion for families in need throughout our region. Donations enable the Red Cross to respond quickly and efficiently whenever we’re needed to deliver help, hugs and hope — a Shelter of Hope.

Stay updated with the Shelter of Hope and the Red Cross by following us on Facebook  and Twitter (@SDICRedCross) and join the conversation using #ShelterOfHope.

May 1: American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties | Kearny Mesa

Kick-off the Shelter of Hope with breakfast and activities beginning at 7:30 a.m., donate blood between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and enjoy lunchtime food trucks from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

May 2: San Diego State University | Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center

The Service to Armed Forces department offers mind-body workshops and more to military members, veterans and their families. Just in time for finals week, come take a mind-body workshop (staring hourly from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., sign uphere), bowl a strike with us (between 1-3p.m., sign up here) and students can pick up a free scantron!

May 3: Petco Park

We are celebrating the offerings of the Red Cross WIC program through a health and wellness day at Petco Park including a hula-hoop contest and a “spin the wheel to hydration” game with prizes before the Padres game at 7 p.m. (note: TheShelter of Hope activities will begin at 4:30 p.m. inside a ticketed area of Petco Park)

May 4: Sound the Alarm | Chula Vista

The Shelter of Hope will be at our Sound the Alarm installation event in Chula Vista to thank the 300+ volunteers who will aim install 1,000 smoke alarms in just a few hours. Want to join us in installing smoke alarms and saving lives? Please sign up here!

May 5: Old Town San Diego

Happy Cinco de Mayo! The Red Cross will be at Old Town’s celebration showcasing our shelter with games and prizes as well as a highlight on the Red Cross Training Services department including information about all the certification courses the Red Cross offers as well as demos of Hands-Only CPR, how to use an AED and more.

May 6: San Diego Humane Society | San Diego Campus – Gaines Street

The San Diego Humane Society is a vital Red Cross partner during a disaster as they frequently operate pet shelters on the same premises as Red Cross shelters, allowing evacuees to bring their pets with them. Stop by to walk through a simulated Red Cross shelter next to a simulated pet shelter, build your own pet preparedness kit, learn Hands-Only CPR at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. and take a pet first-aid class 4:15 p.m. or 5:15 p.m. (space is limited, sign up here).

May 7: UC San Diego | Library Walk

The Shelter of Hope will be wrapped into one of the days of UCSD’s week-long annual Blood Bash blood drive to highlight the need for life-saving blood donations. To schedule your appointment to donate blood, go to and use sponsor code “BloodBash”. Find us on “Library Walk” with hands-only CPR demos and a prize wheel!

May 8: World Red Cross Day

We’re celebrating World Red Cross Day with a luncheon to mark the end of the Shelter of Hope campaign while also thanking the donors and sponsors that make the Red Cross mission possible through their generosity.

Posted by American Red Cross Southern California Region

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