The first office of the American Red Cross in Connecticut was established in 1898. Throughout its history, the Red Cross in Connecticut has provided comfort, help and hope to local families affected by fires, hurricanes, winter storms, floods and other disasters.
During World War I, Red Cross work included production of clothing, comfort items and bandages for the armed forces. The Home Service program helped the families of servicemen communicate with their loved ones overseas and to provide other services.
The Red Cross entered into preparedness training in the 1920s, adding first aid, water safety and Junior Red Cross programs. Over the decades, our classes expanded as medical technology developed to include CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. We also provide information to help individuals prepare for natural or other disasters.
During World War II, services to the armed forces again increased. Volunteers produced needed materials, visited wounded soldiers and supported home front relief work. During the war, the Red Cross began supplying the armed services with blood plasma.
In 1950, with blood transfusions becoming a more frequent medical practice, the Connecticut Red Cross Blood Program was established to serve the needs of the state's civilian population.
Today, the American Red Cross helps Connecticut residents prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies with services provided by small paid staff and a corps of more than 3,000 volunteers.
The Connecticut Chapter responds to an average of 800 local disasters each year, most of them home fires. We help families with immediate, disaster caused needs for shelter, food, clothing and emotional support.
We train and prepare thousands of Connecticut residents each year, offering courses in First Aid, CPR and Lifeguarding, as well as Babysitter training and Community Disaster Education programs. Our Fire Safety program offers free smoke alarm installations and fire escape planning for all Connecticut families.
We provide emergency communications, counseling and other services to hundreds of Connecticut military families every year.
Our international services programs include family linking services for people seeking news and information about loved ones separated by war or disaster, as well as support of health initiatives that combat diseases like measles and rubella.
And, through the generosity of volunteer donors, we collect tens of thousands of units of blood at thousands of drives across Connecticut to provide lifesaving blood components and products to hospitals and acute care facilities throughout the state.
Fewer drives, busy holiday schedules lead to blood shortage A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from conti…Read More »
Come to give by Dec. 19, receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card in thanks The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season. …Read More »
Blood drive hosts also needed this winter to stop prolonged shortage The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer…Read More »
The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need. A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activit…Read More »
As influenza activity picks up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well.…Read More »
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the perfect time to give blood or platelets to support cancer patients and others. Anna Gwinnup, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in September 2017. With…Read More »
Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care. As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and co…Read More »
The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, some blood types are unique t…Read More »
Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts partner to raise awareness of childhood cancers, offer free haircut coupon to donors in September During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give bl…Read More »
Donors can do good and look good this September when they donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts – a proud partner of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports research to …Read More »
Emergency need remains; critical call for type O blood donors to donate now Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an em…Read More »
Blood supply dwindles after donations lagged during Fourth of July holiday week An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give …Read More »
This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations.According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million…Read More »
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference.Kay Whaley knows the impact of blood donatio…Read More »
Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.Winter weather in parts of the country force…Read More »
Farmington, CT – During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the …Read More »
For the 11th year, the American Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts will partner in January to help increase blood donations and reward generous donors. Through the Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference campaign, all those who come to give blood or p…Read More »
Support Cancer Patientsby Giving Blood with the Red CrossDuring Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others.Mary Alice Donofriogave blood for the first time in m…Read More »
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To…Read More »
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and thos…Read More »
The American Red Crossencourageseligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple wayto make a profound difference in the lives of patients.Nearly 2.8 million generous people donated blood through th…Read More »
Schedule of Events:Bethel:March 3, 2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Mary's Church, 24 Dodging Town RoadDanbury:March 10, 2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Central Christian Church, 71 West St.Fairfield:March 15, 2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Episc…Read More »