American Red Cross News: April 2024

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April 5, 2024

Volunteers make up an astounding 90% of the American Red Cross workforce. Every day, in communities across the country, these dedicated volunteers turn their compassion into action as they provide essential support to families in need.

April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re so incredibly grateful for their invaluable contributions to our lifesaving mission. Last year alone, over 265,000 people stepped up to volunteer and become an integral part of the Red Cross community.

This Volunteer Month, will you make a gift to support Red Cross volunteers as they deliver compassionate support to families in need from coast to coast?

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, we welcome you to learn more and find a role that’s right for you!

The Red CrossWord is back!

Test your Red Cross knowledge with the April edition of the American Red CrossWord

Ukraine Crisis: Two Years Later


It’s been just over two years since the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and the American Red Cross continues to provide assistance to those impacted both in Ukraine and neighboring countries where disaster responders from multiple Red Cross societies are still on the ground helping. The impacts of the conflict have taken a toll, particularly on the most vulnerable — children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

The global Red Cross and Red Crescent network has provided crucial assistance, offering not only cash for shelter, food and emergency supplies, but also implementing one of the largest cash assistance programs in the history of the network. This extensive support has been made possible in part by the generosity of the American people. Read more about the American Red Cross response here.

$10 e-Gift Card AND a $7K Gift Card Giveaway!


You can help hope bloom this spring by giving blood. Come to give blood by April 28 and we’ll say thanks with a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of your choice.* PLUS you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $7,000 gift card (there will be two lucky winners)!^^

Patients are grateful for your support and so are we! Will you spring into action and schedule your appointment?

Rescue Royale: Power of Red


This spring all content creators are invited to Rescue Royale: Power of Red. Whether you’re a gamer, an artist, a chef, a musician or someone who streams what they are passionate about, your platform can become a source of help and hope. Incorporate “red” into your stream and share your own “Power of Red” story.

Every dollar raised during Power of Red means more relief for someone facing their most difficult moments, wherever it’s needed most. So don’t wait: Sign up to Join Rescue Royale: Power of Red today!

Volunteers Deliver Mission in Times of Disaster


Did you know that 90% of our disaster workforce are volunteers? Our volunteers serve in numerous roles to help communities respond to and recover from disasters. Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers primarily respond to single-family home fires, our most common type of disaster response. Our Mass Care Sheltering teams ensure that those impacted by disaster have a safe place to sleep in Red Cross shelters. Disaster Assessment teams review damage and impact to begin providing casework and recovery support. Finally, we have specialized roles for health professionals in our Disaster Health Services and Disaster Mental Health activities. Join us as a volunteer today!

Join the 30 Mile Dog Walk Challenge

Calling all dog owners! This April, the Red Cross is hosting our second annual 30 Mile Dog Walk Challenge to help bring relief to those in need. Join the Facebook group for community and motivation, start a fundraiser, and we’ll send you a challenge doggie bandana. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Donate a Vehicle to the Red Cross Today!


Your old vehicle has something left to give. By donating it to the Red Cross, you can help power our lifesaving mission. Every day, people face emergencies of all sizes — from prolonged and life-threatening blood shortages, to more frequent and intense disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, to the unique challenges faced by military families, to a person in need of lifesaving CPR provided by a trained bystander.

Donating your vehicle — in almost any condition — is one great way to help us help others in your community. Watch this short video to learn more about our Vehicle Donation Program.

Become a Red Cross Champion with a Monthly Donation


Monthly donations help provide relief and comfort to our neighbors in need. When you become a Red Cross Champion today with a monthly gift, you’ll receive a FREE Red Cross tote bag as our thanks for your partnership.

IKEA Supports the Red Cross for Earth Month

As more families are impacted by climate-driven disasters, IKEA is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to provide critical support to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters like more intense hurricanes, worsening wildfires, home fires and other crises. This April 1-30, 2024, in honor of Earth Month, IKEA is inviting customers to donate at checkout in participating US stores and will match, dollar for dollar, all customer donations up to $50,000. For IKEA Family Members who donate and scan their IKEA Family card, IKEA will double the match.

Spare Change Can Support the Red Cross

Thank you to Coinstar for making it possible to support the American Red Cross through its Coins that Count® program that allows the public to bring loose change to a kiosk to donate.

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As we celebrate National Volunteer Month this April, I am filled with profound gratitude for the hundreds of thousands of American Red Cross volunteers who selflessly give of their time in support of our lifesaving mission. Their dedication ensures we stand at the ready to deliver comfort and relief to people facing their darkest hours.

In addition to our remarkable volunteers, I also am deeply thankful for our community of compassionate supporters — whose generosity empowers the Red Cross with the resources needed to provide critical assistance to more than 20,000 people every single day.

This month, if you are able, please consider donating to help Red Cross volunteers deliver vital support to those in need. Please know that your kindness today will help us bring hope and strength through the challenges ahead.

As always, thank you so very much for your commitment to the American Red Cross and the people we serve.

-- Gail McGovern
President and CEO
American Red Cross