Basementeer Spotlight: Red Cross



Updated February, 2021.

ABOUT THE RED CROSS

The American Red Cross of the Northern California Coastal Region is comprised of five chapters that serve more than 10 million people throughout 15 counties. The North Bay Chapter serves Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties; the Bay Area serves Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties; the Silicon Valley Chapter serves Santa Clara County; the Heart of the Valley Chapter serves Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties; and the Central Coast Chapter serves Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

Our region provides help and hope to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Additionally, we collect and distribute lifesaving blood, provide support for active military, veterans and their families, and teach CPR/AED, first aid, aquatics and other vital skills throughout our region.

Our work is made possible through the strength of our volunteers, the generosity of our donors, and the support of our partnerships with government agencies, community organizations and businesses. It’s these very individuals and organizations who are the face of the Red Cross in our communities, enabling us to fulfill our mission 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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MARCH IS RED CROSS MONTH

As the pandemic wears on, research shows that more people want to help those in need. This month, we celebrate this humanitarian spirit during Red Cross Month and ask others to join us.

For almost 80 years, the president of the U.S. has proclaimed March as “Red Cross Month” to honor people giving back through our lifesaving mission — which is powered by more than 90% volunteers.

• Last year, more than 70,000 people across the country became new volunteers to support urgent disaster and essential blood donation needs, such as checking people’s temperature at blood drives and transporting critical blood to hospitals.

• With last year’s wildfires and hurricanes, we saw the greatest number of billion-dollar disasters to ever strike our country in a single year. Families – including many families in the Bay Area – lost their homes, spending more nights in emergency lodging than in any other year over the past decade. To help, licensed Red Cross mental health and spiritual care volunteers provided emotional support, psychological first aid and referrals to community resources. Together, they made more than 53,000 mental health and spiritual care contacts to help people during disasters.

• In addition, thousands of COVID-19 survivors have rolled up a sleeve to share their potentially lifesaving antibodies by giving plasma. Since last April, more than 56,000 COVID-19 survivors have donated — including many who are new to giving blood. Their donations have enabled the Red Cross to ship about 146,000 units to hospitals across the country treating COVID-19 patients.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

You can help ensure that families don’t face emergencies alone — especially during a pandemic:

DONATE

Support our Disaster Relief efforts at redcross.org/GivingDay. A gift of any size makes a difference to provide shelter, food, relief items, emotional support and other assistance. Your donation will be part of our annual Giving Day on March 24 to aid families in need across the country.

VOLUNTEER

Visit redcross.org/VolunteerToday to view our most-needed positions and local opportunities.

GIVE BLOOD

If you’re healthy and feeling well, make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org. Your donation can make a lifesaving difference for a patient in need. As a thank you, those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma between March 15-26 will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

TAKE A CLASS

Learn lifesaving skills like CPR and first aid to help in an emergency at redcross.org/TakeAClass. Online options also include our Psychological First Aid for COVID-19 course, which covers how to manage stress and support yourself and others.

 

CHOOSE THE RED CROSS AS YOUR BASEMENTEER BENEFICIARY

Help the Red Cross continue to provide shelter and medical aid by giving a monetary donation or update your beneficiary today to keep saving and giving!

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