The American Red Cross is committed to fulfilling its mission - to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies in the local community. However, as an organization that receives no government funding, the Red Cross relies on the hard work of its volunteers and the generosity of companies, individuals, and foundations to help fund its humanitarian efforts. The Red Cross provides services such as collecting blood donations, providing relief assistance for disaster victims, training in lifesaving skills and offering emotional support for military families. Overall, the Red Cross constantly aims to be the shining ray of light during darker times.
This fall, one organization is helping the local Red Cross shine a bit brighter. The United Fund of Warren County, as part of its Torchlight Campaign, is pledging to financially support the Red Cross in an effort to further serve the community. This year's campaign, "Help Us, Help Them-Smile" will go toward the many Red Cross services taking place in Warren County, Pennsylvania.
Last year, in the Keystone state alone, more than four thousand families received disaster assistance including food, clothing and shelter services. As part of the organization's Service to the Armed Forces program, the Red Cross provided emergency communication services to almost seven thousand active troops and their families. In addition, the Red Cross trained more than 500 thousand community members in lifesaving skills.
Across the nation, the organization serves as a leader in blood donation. It collects and processes almost half of the country's blood supply at 40 percent and handles 6 million blood units annually.
These services can not be carried out, from across the nation to just right down the street in Warren County, without campaigns such as the Torchlight Campaign of the United Way. The generosity of this organization will further fund the efforts of the local Red Cross in order to sustain its ability to prevent and alleviate all human suffering in the community.