Red Cross: 125 years of responding to emergencies
For more than 125 years, the mission of the American Red Cross has been to help individuals and families prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
The Red Cross provides disaster relief assistance to those affected by natural and human caused disasters.
Whether it is a hurricane or a heart attack, a call for blood or a call for help, the Red Cross is there.
The Red Cross is not a government agency. It relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
The Red Cross is governed by volunteers and supported by voluntary donations. The American Red Cross is a network of more than 700 locally supported chapters, like the West Central Minnesota Chapter located in Alexandria, and 36 blood services regions like the one in St. Paul that travels to the Alexandria area to collect and deliver blood.
The Red Cross provides a unique, community-based network focused on five major areas of service, all available locally through the West Central Minnesota Chapter.
International Services provides communication between refugees and their families in their home countries.
Service to the Armed Forces provides communications between the military and their families during a crisis and also facilitates financial aid for military families.
Disaster Services answer to a single family disaster, such as a home fire all the way to multiple family disasters.
Health and Safety Training teaches people to save themselves and their families through CPR, first aid and swimming programs.
Blood Services collect and distribute blood products to local hospitals.
The American Red Cross has been able to provide services for more than 125 years, in large part because of the tireless and dedicated work of volunteers - known as "Red Crossers."
All across the United States, more than half a million Red Crossers help save lives by providing assistance to disaster victims, delivering community education courses and working with millions of volunteer blood donors.
This special family includes individuals who help with a single event or who volunteer several times a month. Many Red Crossers have been involved in their communities for 10, 20 or even 80 years, providing lifesaving services and leadership and helping to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Our volunteers represent their communities, speak many different languages, are of all different ages and represent all races and ethnicities.
We invite you to join us. Help make the Red Cross even stronger and better.
For information, contact Kenneth Voigt, West Central MN Chapter American Red Cross, 700 Cedar Street, Suite 110, Alexandria, MN 56308, or call (320) 763-3800.