Editorial note: Please contact your local American Red Cross office regarding local participation. Check out our blog for pre and post event video and photos at http://newredcrossblog.org/
The American Red Cross is proud to be the Green Bay Packers Honored Charity at the August 6, 2011 Packers Family Night practice. Volunteers and staff from around the state will be traveling to Lambeau Field as the Packers have donated 1,000 tickets and commemorative t-shirts for the evening.
The Red Cross was chosen as a the honored charity for their life-saving work around the clock, not only here in Wisconsin, yet around the country. Each local Chapter ensures they have a trained core of volunteers whom respond to nearly 70,000 disasters a year. While most are local residential fires, many volunteers make them selves available for up-to three week deployments to serve along-side Red Crossers from around the country at any large scale disaster. Since March 31, 2011, the American Red Cross has supported:
- 46 large relief operations in 29 states (including Wisconsin)
- 13,300 workers deployed to help those affected
- 283 shelters opened
- 3.2 million meals and snacks served
- 1.5 million relief items distributed
- 75,000 mental health and health consultations provided
- $51 million is the estimated cost to the Red Cross to respond to the spring disasters
Volunteers are the heart and sole of the organization. For 40 recently deployed volunteers, they will serve as on-field ambassadors as the team leaves the tunnel and enter Lambeau Field for the first time this season.
With three to six major hurricanes predicted this year in the Atlantic Ocean, the Red Cross is pre-positioning relief supplies like cots, blankets, and ready-to-eat meals in key hurricane prone areas to quicken relief responses should a tropical storm threaten.
For more information about the American Red Cross please visit your local Chapter or the Northeast Wisconsin Region blog at newredcrossblog.org. Local Chapter Executives will all be available for local interviews.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies 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. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our national blog at http://blog.redcross.org.