The American Red Cross
June 7, 2010


American Red Cross Mission Statement: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

When you think of acts of kindness, one of your first thoughts may be of the Red Cross. In a world of seemingly constant disasters, the Red Cross is always one of the first organizations to respond. The American Red Cross is helping neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in the United States, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through nearly 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world.

The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work. The Red Cross belongs to the American people. You fund it, you donate your blood, you prepare for and respond to disasters, you take and instruct first aid classes. You make the Red Cross what it is today, and you hold the keys to its future.

In Fort Dodge and the Brushy Creek area (Webster, Hamilton, Humboldt, Wright, Calhoun, Pocahontas counties), the Red Cross volunteers are always on the ready.  They respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week to local disasters like house fires & our recent spring flooding. The Red Cross also provides Health & Safety Education (First Aid, CPR AED training just to name a few) and Disaster Education (making a plan before a disaster happens).

You may not know that the Red Cross also provides military support. With large deployments occurring now throughout the summer, the demands for this service are great. The Brushy Creek Area Chapter assisted 62 military members and their families prepare for deployment by attending sessions explaining the Red Cross emergency communications services and other services that are offered to deploying military members and their families.  Red Cross services are used to transmit emergency messages to family members in the military and reuniting them when the situation warrants such action. This service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. 

On Wednesday, June 30, from 5-8pm at the Hy-Vee parking lot, the Brushy Creek Chapter will host "Ducks Against Disaster 2010". The event will have children’s activities, food and DUCKS!! "This is a fundraising event will help provide food shelter and clothing to members of our community when they are affected by disaster", shares Barbara Michaels, the Executive Director of the Brushy Creek Chapter. Unfortunately, you never know when you may be using the services and kindness of the Red Cross but fortunately, we do know that they will be there. Please consider supporting this important organization by attending on June 30 or making a generous financial donation. The event promises to be just "ducky"!!


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