The American Red Cross is part of The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the largest volunteer network in the world, with operations in almost 200 countries.
Altogether, they have several activities nationwide, from rapid disaster response to offering health and safety training and education. On top of that, with the help of Red Cross donations they provide support to military personnel and veterans, as well as their families. Volunteers with the American Red Cross have also been sent overseas to offer aid, particularly in areas ravaged by calamity or disease.
One of the Red Cross’ most recognizable causes if their blood drives. Individuals interested in giving blood can find a blood drive near them by entering their zip code into the Red Cross’ official website. Organizations that wish to host blood drives may coordinate with the Red Cross for information and guidance.
Donations to Red Cross can be clothing and items of value – both welcomed at some of their locations, such as the American Red Cross of Massachusetts and the American Red Cross St. Louis Chapter. If you’re interested in donating to the Red Cross, give your local chapter a call beforehand to confirm.