WASILLA— The American Red Cross of Alaska released a community impact highlighting their various programs and efforts throughout the year Tuesday, Nov. 30, coinciding with Giving Tuesday, a worldwide campaign that encourages people to donate to nonprofit organizations.
The Red Cross is currently seeking volunteers and financial donations to aid their efforts in supporting Alaskans in need over the holiday season, and recently issued two gift matching opportunities during Giving Tuesday, one in the morning, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company for $250,000 and another one by Red Cross Volunteer Tom Campbell for 50,000 that will launch once the initial $250,000 has been met.
According to a recent press release, the Red Cross has responded to over 300 disasters across the state over the course of 2021.
Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers carry out the organization’s mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering on a daily basis, readily providing food, shelter, comfort, relief supplies, emotional support, and recovery planning to individuals and families in need.
The Red Cross facilitated over 116 volunteer deployments to large-scale local and national disasters, responded to 325 disasters in 48 communities statewide, provided 803 people with food, shelter, relief supplies and recovery planning after local disasters, and made 143 health and mental health contacts following local disasters.
On top of offering food, shelter, and comfort to victims of disasters, The Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches life-saving skills; distributes international humanitarian aid, and supports veterans, military members, and their families.
According to the 2021 Impact Report, an average of seven people die and 36 are injured across the country each day due to home fires, making up over 90 percent of the disasters Red Cross responds to.
The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries by increasing the number of functioning smoke alarms, indicating that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
Red Cross volunteers installed 1,165 free smoke alarms across the state, according to the 2021 Impact Report.
Just as disasters don’t discriminate in terms of whose lives are affected, the Red Cross does not discriminate and delivers aid to anyone who needs it, and it’s always free.
As a nonprofit organization, the Red Cross depends on public generosity to deliver its mission and volunteers to step up and help their communities, especially during the holiday season, the busiest time of year with the most amount of need.
The Red Cross has been able to offer a variety of services around the clock thanks to corporate partners. They’re currently looking to build up local partnerships to build up their annual holiday campaigns to help each community support their neighbors.
For more information on how to volunteer or make a monetary donation, visit redcross.org/AlaskaHoliday.
Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at firstname.lastname@example.org