During challenging times like these, it is even more important for us to be there to help those who need it most.
Join us to save the lives of hospital patients who need lifesaving blood every 2 minutes of every day; ensure that public school children and their families have an uninterrupted food supply even with school closures; and to provide essential material resources to LA City and County as well as our community’s healthcare network. We rely on members of the American Red Cross community like you to answer this critical call for support.
Leaning In to Provide Lifesaving Blood:
As of March 19, about 5,000 Red Cross blood drives had been canceled across the country, resulting in some 200,000 fewer blood donations. The Red Cross is responsible for providing more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. A blood shortage impacts patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and patients suffering from cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross is investing in additional staff and resources to ensure the availability of frontline workers to safely collect blood and to raise public awareness through a series of outreach campaigns all intended to increase blood donations. Because saving lives simply cannot wait.
Feeding LA’s Children:
The Red Cross Los Angeles Region has partnered with the L.A. County Office of Emergency Management and Los Angeles Unified School District to provide meals to students and families affected by school closures. With 80 percent of Los Angeles Unified children relying on school for most of their daily meals, school closures translate into children going without. In the first five days of this partnership, over 1 million meals were distributed to children in need.
Providing Material Resources to Angelenos in Need:
The Red Cross Los Angeles Region provided thousands of cots and blankets to the City of Los Angeles in their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessness. The Red Cross now stands ready to provide material resources at field medical shelters throughout Los Angeles.
Together, with compassion and generosity, we can take on these new challenges while continuing to advance our mission to alleviate suffering. As we adapt to these new challenges brought on by COVID-19, the Red Cross will require an estimated $150 million dollars in urgent additional investments to support people across the US who rely on us.
Please consider contributing what you can to support these initiatives, and help us continue to deliver our lifesaving mission. Sleeves up. Hearts open. All in.