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Action-A-Day 4/2: Service Sunday- Support the American Red Cross

Action: Support the American Red Cross by giving blood, volunteering, or giving a financial donation.

Background Information: Mission Statement- The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Vision Statement

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that...

...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

Give blood

Find a blood drive near you using their search based on your zipcode

Facts About Blood Needs

  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

  • Approximately, 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.

  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.

  • Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.

  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.

  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.

  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.

  • It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.

  • According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

*facts found on the American Red Cross website, Learn more facts and statistics about blood  on their website found here


Volunteer with the American Red Cross  There are many different roles that volunteers fill within the Red Cross including educating others as a CPR or First Aid instructor, providing disaster relief, and supporting the Red Cross Blood Team. There are even opportunities for young people including school clubs and internships.  

Financial Donation

Give a financial donation According to the American Red Cross, an average of $0.91 to every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

From the wildfires that raged on the West coast to the hurricanes that struck the East coast, from the tornadoes that tore through the Midwest to the flooding that submerged parts of the South, we were able to provide much needed hope, comfort and care to countless children and families just because of you. In 2016 we responded to 16 large disasters around the country and thousands of smaller disasters.

  • Over 4 million meals and snacks served

  • More than 2 million relief items distributed

  • More than 206,000 overnight stays provided

  • More than 144,000 health and mental health consultations

Even though more people hear about large disasters like wildfires and floods, the biggest disaster threat in the United States is home fires. Through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, we’ve been able to make a difference.

  • 197 lives saved *verified by media reports

  • 702,060 smoke alarms installed

  • 294, 269 households made safer

  • 702,862 youth reached through campaign

The above information was found on the American Red Cross Website on the Where your Money Goes webpage