American Red Cross is celebrating 100 year of service. In 1917, as the United States entered World War 1, the American Red Cross emerged as the leading social services charity. In Minnesota, 20% of all residents had joined the Red Cross! Since 1917 they have served millions of people through disaster relief, preparedness education, health and safety education, service to armed forces, and reconnection for families separated by conflict.
American Red Cross is so much more than Blood Drives! They fly home our Military service people so a soldier can see the birth of his daughter or hold the hand of a dying mother. In 2016 the Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross helped 1,011 families affected by local disasters, installed 3,720 smoke alarms in residences and reached out to 5,245 youth with emergency preparedness education through the Pillowcase Project. Check it out here and see how you can volunteer with the American Red Cross.