American Red Cross Crossnotes - February 2023

Clubs and Organizations

February 2, 2023

Black History Month

February is a special time to celebrate the lasting legacies of Black community members across the country. The Red Cross would not be the community it is without the compassion and dedication of the many Black employees, supporters, donors and partners who champion our humanitarian mission.

This February and throughout the year, we invite you to join us in honoring the Black Americans who played a pivotal role in helping the Red Cross become the organization it is today. Read more stories about the remarkable men and women who dedicated their time and talent to the Red Cross.

We are grateful to these individuals and many others who have given so much to our mission and continue to do so every day. It is an honor to serve alongside a diverse group of volunteers and supporters who make our work of alleviating human suffering possible.

Volunteers needed!

Wondering how to help your community when disaster strikes, or how to help with lifesaving blood collections year round? Check out our top-priority volunteer positions and apply today!


Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis: One-year update


Nearly one year into the international armed conflict in Eastern Europe, the Red Cross remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable impacted by the crisis. More than 16 million people have crossed the borders of Ukraine and over 7 million people are internally displaced within the country. Those who have fled are building new lives in surrounding countries while the conflict continues to upend lives and livelihoods. Learn more about how the American Red Cross is responding to the international armed conflict in Eastern Europe.

Women in philanthropy: The Tiffany Circle


Since Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881, the organization has harnessed the compassion and determination of women to deliver its lifesaving mission. For more than a decade, the organization's Tiffany Circle has continued this legacy by advancing the Red Cross mission through investments of time, talent and treasure. Learn more about the history, impact and ongoing mission of these incredible women.

Enter to win today!


Winter weather got you feeling down? Give yourself an instant mood boost when you donate blood! (You’ll feel all warm and fuzzy knowing you’ve helped patients in need.) Plus, when you give blood between Feb. 1-28, you’ll automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Florida, including round-trip airfare, a three-night stay at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach and a $100 voucher for the resort’s Ocean Hai restaurant, plus a $750 gift card for expenses.^^

And, while you wait to hear if you’ve won a winter escape, you can enjoy the guaranteed perk of a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card** via email, thanks to our partners at Amazon, just for donating in February!*

Patients rely on generous donors every day, no matter the season. You can warm their hearts with your lifesaving gift, and then maybe warm your toes in the white sands of Clearwater Beach. Schedule your appointment today!

Why I Give…

Meet military veteran and volunteer Roberto Mendoza


Roberto Mendoza had been in the Air Force for years when he was introduced to the Red Cross for his CPR certification. Today, he continues his service as a volunteer by supporting home fire and disaster responses, sharing critical emergency preparedness information and helping military families and veterans in his community. Learn more about Roberto and watch him tell his own story here.


Now you can round up at Walmart all year long!

Now and throughout 2023, shoppers on Walmart.com and the Walmart app can round up their purchases to support the Red Cross. Customers will be prompted to support the Red Cross by selecting the chapter closest to their zip code from the drop-list during checkout. You can also go to www.walmart.com/sparkgood to sign up and identify the American Red Cross to automatically receive your round up contributions each time you shop.

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This February, the American Red Cross is delighted to recognize and celebrate many key individuals in our organization’s history in honor of Black History Month. From Frances Reed Elliot Davis, the first Black Red Cross nurse whose compassion provided much hope to soldiers and their families during World War I, to Dr. Charles R. Drew, who pioneered new methods for collecting and distributing vital blood and blood products, to Steve Bullock, who was the first Black person to serve as acting president of our organization — these extraordinary men and women have enriched our lifesaving mission. Their significant contributions have laid the groundwork that continues to make our work possible today.

February is also a wonderful time of year to show loved ones how much we care. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I hope you’ll consider making a gift today to help power our efforts in delivering comfort and hope to our neighbors in need. Every donation makes a difference.


On behalf of those we serve, thank you for your steadfast commitment to our Red Cross mission.

-- Gail McGovern
President and CEO
American Red Cross

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