Get Involved: Red Cross Response Efforts Continue in Texas and Boston

The American Red Cross has updated their information about our involvement in the West, TX and Boston Marathon Explosions, which can be read here.


This week’s tragedies show that emergencies can happen in any community at any time, and the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year across the country. To support the disaster work of the Red Cross, people can donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief at or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. As a youth volunteer, you can also find a list of fundraising activities here.


Many people in both Texas and Boston jumped in to provide immediate help for the victims of the explosions. Register for a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED course at so that you can be better prepared to help in future emergencies.
People can download the free Red Cross First Aid App which puts free and simple lifesaving information in the hands of smart phone and tablet users.
The Red Cross has enough blood in its inventory now to support both the situation in Texas as well as Boston but reminds everyone that the need for blood is constant. Those who are eligible to give blood are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting Youth volunteers and Red Cross Clubs can organize blood drives or volunteer at them; find more information here.


Please share this post with your fellow Youth Volunteers and your Facebook friends! Join the discusion on our new Facebook Group, American Red Cross Youth Network, here!
- Eli Russ
American Red Cross National Youth Council

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