RED CROSS DONORS AND STATE TROOPERS HELP SAVE A MOTHER
When Minnesota State Patrol officers responded to a call for an emergency blood run, they didn’t know they would help save the life of their own coworker. This past May, State Patrol fleet manager Lisa Jaeger gave birth to baby Ryan and experienced a life-threatening massive hemorrhage. As Lisa lost more than half the blood in her body, three state troopers rushed donated blood from the Red Cross in St. Paul to the Mayo Clinic. Lisa told WCCO-TV in Minnesota that she credits the troopers, doctors, and Red Cross blood donors with saving her life. Her story is a great reminder that any day, in any town in America, a Red Cross blood donor could potentially help save the life of someone just like Lisa.
Summer is in full swing – which makes it the perfect time to check out our tips on how to stay safe during a heat wave, and how to treat heat-related illness like heat exhaustion. Prolonged periods of excessive heat can be deadly! Check out our safety tips today.
The American Red Cross and The Weather Channel have teamed up to help keep people weather prepared and weather safe. Offering timely weather-related news, preparedness and safety information from heat, pool and pet safety to hurricane, flood and travel preparedness, the weekly Weather Red Report airs every Sunday on The Weather Channel at 8:40 a.m. (ET).
CYCLONE MORA: EARLY WARNING SAVES LIVES IN BANGLADESH AND SRI LANKA
In a region impacted by cyclones every year, preparations were in full swing before Cyclone Mora struck earlier this summer. More than 50,000 Cyclone Preparedness Program volunteers mobilized to support evacuation and early warning efforts. The American Red Cross invested in Bangladesh’s short-wave radio and community warning system and, alongside the Bangladesh government and the Bangladesh Red Crescent, repaired cyclone-preparedness telecommunications systems, supported training of operators and volunteers, and provided equipment necessary for early warnings. Read about these early warning efforts, which were essential to saving lives.
The ongoing support of our monthly donors, whom we call Champions, makes a huge difference in the lives of those in need. Consider joining this special group of donors today with a monthly gift and you can feel good knowing that your generosity will touch lives every day. Your monthly gift as a Champion will immediately be put to work – helping those whose lives have been uprooted by disaster, victims who need blood after an accident, or those who need to get in touch with loved ones in the military.
Opened 35 shelters, helping to provide more than 460 overnight stays
Distributed 7,300 relief items
Provided 25,600 meals and snacks in 19 states and territories
President and CEO
American Red Cross
A NOTE FROM GAIL MCGOVERN
Friends, thank you so very much for all you have done to support the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross during the first half of this year. Your commitment has helped families in their time of greatest need: opening more than 8,800 cases for families recovering from disasters, connecting 33,000 military families during times of emergency, teaching health and safety skills to more than 4 million Americans, and collecting over 2.7 million blood and platelet donations so patients had access to lifesaving blood every single day. They may never know your name, but these families will forever be grateful for your support.
Staying in touch via the American Red Cross email list is the best way we have of keeping in regular contact with supporters like you, letting you know about how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from disasters and other emergencies, and how you can support our life-saving work. Click here to unsubscribe from our list, but please know that if you leave, it will be harder for you to stay involved with the Red Cross and continue the work of which you’ve been such a critical part. It is only because of supporters like you that the Red Cross is able to respond when a disaster strikes or a home is impacted by fire, when someone needs CPR or a lifesaving blood transfusion, or when a family needs to contact a deployed service member in an emergency. And we don’t want to lose you! Thanks for your support!
An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.