American Red Cross

American Red Cross Announces National Giving Day

Jun 1, 2015

Wisconsin has sent 34 workers to Oklahoma and Texas to help with ongoing disaster relief. In that light, the American Red Cross is reminding people that when disaster strikes, it can change everything in a day. That’s the theme behind the American Red Cross’s new one-day national giving campaign, which takes place Tuesday. The Red Cross hopes to raise support for its general mission in 24 hours of giving.

Red Cross volunteers, fire departments and community groups are canvassing neighborhoods in  several communities, including Mosinee, to get the word out about having smoke detectors and better  fire safety in homes.
Red Cross spokesperson Barbara Behling says many people think they have more time to get out of a burning structure than they do...

"...62 percent of the people believe they have five minutes or more to escape a burning home. When in reality, and we've confirmed this with fire departments across the country, you really have less than two minutes...."

Last year across the United States there were nearly 370,000 house fires, causing more than 2,700 deaths and 12,000 injuries.

This year, the  American Red Cross helped more people affected by home fires than all other disasters combined. In Wisconsin, locally trained workers responded to help more than 3,451 people after home fires.

Spokesperson Barbara Behling  says 7 people die each day in house fires. She says most house fires are preventable....


What she saw in Arkansas was sobering.

American Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer Carol Miller of Rhinelander has returned home after helping out in the Little Rock area earlier this month. A wave of tornados struck the south in late April, causing massive damage, deaths and injuries. Miller is a registered nurse and helped at hospitals where survivors and families relayed tragic stories...

The need for blood continues during the holidays and a Red Cross spokesperson says he hopes people respond over the next two days.

Blood Represenative Marc Sutton says donations tend to drop during the holidays...


"...people are on vacation, on holidays and traveling...we see blood donations go down a little bit....the need doesn't go down during the holiday seasons....'


Sutton points out that some people need blood, even during the holidays...


Nicole Manzanares / US Air National Guard

A Rhinelander volunteer is in Colorado with the American Red Cross.  Carol Miller is stationed at Disaster Relief Headquarters near Denver, south of where the floods have done the most damage.  

She says there are 600 volunteers on the scene with hundreds more set to arrive.  The job of Red Cross nurses is to take care of those who get sick or injured while volunteering for FEMA or other partner organizations.