American Red Cross News - January 2024

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January 10, 2024

Even though the climate crisis is making our winters warmer on average, winter storms, extreme cold and ice are still a threat for many communities.

Severe winter storms continue to be a huge danger to families across the country, as they disrupt transportation, heat, power and communication. But the good news is that taking time to prepare yourself and your loved ones now can save lives tomorrow.

- Gather food, water, medicine and batteries for your devices before a storm.

- Be mindful of the fire risk of candles and space heaters, and watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning from generators and stoves!

- You can check out the rest of our winter safety tips here!

As always, we welcome you to make a donation to the American Red Cross to help us assist families impacted by emergencies like winter storms in the months ahead.


Become a Champion


All year round, the Red Cross counts on our community of dedicated monthly donors to keep our shelves stocked with vital relief supplies, ensuring our teams are ready to deliver support at a moment’s notice. No matter what you give, your monthly donation will help families across the country through the darkest moments of their lives. Start the new year with a monthly donation today, and you’ll receive a special Red Cross pin as our way of saying thanks!

Hawaii Wildfires: 3-Month Update


In early August of 2023, thousands of lives were forever changed when destructive wildfires swept across Maui and the Island of Hawaii. The blazes devastated the small town of Lahaina, and more than 3,710 homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable.

Three months later, the American Red Cross continues to provide around-the-clock relief and recovery assistance to heartbroken survivors — including more than 6,000 residents who can’t return home and are being cared for by Red Cross volunteers and employees in dozens of local hotels.

Read more about our response here.

150 Mile Bike Challenge


Cycle into action this February and help those in need by joining the 150 Mile Bike Facebook Challenge hosted by the American Red Cross.

Join the Facebook group for community and motivation, start a fundraiser and you’ll earn a Red Cross tumbler after you receive your first donation. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Calling All Fans: Super Bowl LVIII


We’ve partnered with the NFL for the fifth year to remind everyone that health emergencies don’t pause for holidays or game day. Join our lifesaving team and score big for patients in need!

As thanks for giving blood during a time of year where it can be difficult to maintain a sufficient supply, those who come to give blood by Jan. 31 will be automatically entered to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas! ^^ Includes travel, hotel stay, $1,000 gift card, pre-game activities and more!

You can make a winning play to help save lives and be entered for the chance at a trip of a lifetime. What are you waiting for? Make your appointment now!

Urgent Need for Volunteers!


There is an urgent need for Blood Donor Ambassadors and Transportation Specialists in many communities. Blood Donor Ambassadors provide customer service during blood drives and Blood Transportation Specialists help deliver lifesaving blood products to patients in need. Shifts are typically 4-6 hours on weekdays. Our nation’s blood supply depends on volunteers like YOU!

Help make a difference in your community and experience the Red Cross lifesaving mission firsthand. Become a volunteer today!

58 Mile Walk Challenge

Lace up this February and help those in need by joining the 58 Mile Walk Facebook Challenge hosted by the American Red Cross.

Join the Facebook group for community and motivation, start a fundraiser and you’ll earn a Red Cross tumbler after raising $25 or more. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Why I Give

Emergency Communications Services Help Reunite Soldier, Wife for Birth of First Child


Madi was admitted to the hospital in early April with all the warning signs of pre-eclampsia — a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure. She was to be induced in 24 hours, two weeks before her husband, Jonathan King, was scheduled to go on leave from his deployment in South Korea.

After Jonathan received the news that his daughter would be arriving early, his mother set Red Cross Emergency Communications services into motion to get him home in time to be with his wife. Thanks to the Red Cross Hero Care Network, Jonathan made it home just in time for the birth of his first child, Harriet.

Read more about their story and how the Red Cross assists military families year-round.


Round up at Walmart to support the Red Cross!

Shoppers on Walmart.com and the Walmart app can round up their purchases to support their local Red Cross. Visit www.walmart.com/sparkgood to search for and select the Red Cross within your zip code. Your account will automatically default to the selection. Then, when reviewing your order, make sure to check the box to round up.

Pura Vida!

Our thanks to Pura Vida! For each style sold from the Pura Vida x Red Cross Collection, Pura Vida will donate 5% of the purchase price to the Red Cross to support our mission to provide lifesaving blood to those in need. You can find the collection at puravidabracelets.com!

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Each year, the month of January provides us with an important opportunity for reflection and renewal. This year, I find myself incredibly optimistic about the amazing things we can accomplish together in the months ahead.

For more than 140 years, compassionate and caring individuals like you have made sure the Red Cross is there for people when they need it most. And while it’s impossible for us to know what this new year will bring, I’m certain we can be prepared for whatever challenges we’ll face by working together. That’s why, if you’re able, I encourage you to make a donation to the Red Cross to help power our lifesaving work.

As always, thank you for your ongoing dedication to our vital mission. On behalf of everyone at the Red Cross, I wish you the very best for much happiness and health in 2024.

-- Gail McGovern
President and CEO
American Red Cross

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