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American Red Cross

www.redcross.org/local/virginia

Mission: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Community Need: Every two seconds, someone in America needs lifesaving blood.  For Shenandoah and Central Virginia, -newborn babies, mothers, accident victims, heart and cancer patients, and many others, the services the Red Cross delivers are a matter of life and death.  However, the journey from blood donor to blood recipient is complex and costly.  Significant resources are needed to collect, test, and distribute the blood supply that people in the local area depend on.  The American Red Cross spends approximately $6,000 each time they conduct a Blood Drive in the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and Augusta, Highland, and Nelson counties, based on an average of 33 units of blood collected at $180 per unit.

Primary Activities: The Primary Activities are of the Red Cross are to:

  • Provide care, compassion and emergency needs when disaster strikes and help individuals prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
  • Support members of the military, veterans, and their families in coping with challenges of military life, connecting to local resources, and obtaining support as they reintegrate into civilian life.
  • Train individuals, families, and organizations with lifesaving skills and emergency/disaster preparedness information.
  • Collect and distribute about 40 percent of the U.S. blood supply.
  • Be a global leader in responding to emergencies, preparing for disasters, preventing disease and promoting humanitarian values.

Constituents Served: Assistance is available for everyone who has experienced an emergency and needs help regardless of economic status, race, sex, ethnicity, political beliefs or other affiliations.  The Shenandoah Chapter serves 18 counties.  In 2017, they provided emergency disaster relief to 179 families/552 individuals following home fires and other local disasters; installed 1,295 ten-year, battery-sealed smoke alarms; provided 870 emergency communication services for 495 military members and their families; taught CPR/FA and other training classes to 13,455 individuals; and assisted four families with international services which connects families separated by disaster or war.

Program Details:  The need for blood is constant, and because blood and blood products are perishable and cannot be manufactured, they must be continually replenished to meet the ongoing demand of 14,000 blood donations everyday. This is only possible because of the selfless acts of their volunteer donors who donate at blood drives held daily in communities nationwide. To ensure the safety of the supply, the Red Cross conducts more than a dozen rigorous tests on each unit of donated blood to establish type and screen for infectious diseases. Whole blood is then processed into different blood products, including red blood cells, platelets and plasma, each with distinct therapeutic uses. These lifesaving blood products are delivered to patients in hospitals and cancer treatment centers wherever and whenever they are needed.

Amount Requested: $10,000

Operating Budget: $1,954,899

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