When an outburst of fires threatened communities in numerous locations throughout Colorado in June and early July, the American Red Cross responded immediately to provide shelter, food, comfort, and recovery assistance; almost as immediately, businesses and individuals from throughout Colorado and across the country stepped up to support Red Cross efforts through an outpouring of generosity.
“The Red Cross is able to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies thanks to the hard work of everyday people – your neighbors and friends – who volunteer their time, and thanks to the generosity of donors. When you are an organization that is active at the community level throughout our state and which nationally responds to some 70,000 disasters a year, every dollar counts. So from the depth of my heart, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to every single person who has supported us this summer, whether you gave $10 or $10,000,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross Mile High Region.
Donations to support Red Cross Disaster Relief will fund the organization’s response to recent wildfires as well as additional wildfires, flooding or other disasters that occur in Colorado, across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross responded to the wildfires in Colorado by deploying more than 600 trained disaster workers who:
Operated 19 shelters and evacuation centers across the state and provided more than 1,900 overnight shelter stays
Served more than 67,000 meals and snacks with help from partners like the Salvation Army
Deployed 27 emergency response vehicles to provide mobile feeding, disaster assessment, and information
Handed out more than 23,000 relief items such as hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, sifters, rakes, work gloves and face masks
Provided more than 9,000 health and mental health consultations
Every year, the Red Cross spends an average of more than $360 million preparing and responding to disasters across the country and around the world. This includes the cost of maintaining the strong network of staff and volunteers, supplies, warehouses, response vehicles and technical resources needed to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters each year.