American Red Cross — helping people when they need it most

The American Red Cross helps people all across the country whose lives are impacted by disasters.

At the Iowa Rivers Chapter, the Red Cross assisted 110 individuals in fiscal year 2013. Most of the families affected experienced devastating home fires. In Marshall County alone, Red Cross volunteers assisted 14 families after a fire and one family affected by spring flooding.

“Disasters can happen anywhere and at any time,” Pami Erickson, community chapter executive for the Iowa Rivers Chapter, said. “Red Cross volunteers work tirelessly to make sure people have a safe place to stay, food to eat and help getting their lives back on track.”

The Iowa Rivers Chapter is fortunate to be supported by more than 50 active Red Cross volunteers.

The Red Cross thanks everyone who supports disaster relief operations. Every nine minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster in communities across the country. Whether the disaster is a tornado or a fire in someone’s home, the Red Cross is there.

The Red Cross also provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

If someone would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, they can visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the Iowa Rivers Chapter office or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.