American Red Cross Urges Donations


Serious and Widespread Damage

  • The American Red Cross is helping the victims of Hurricane Gustav across four states.  All along the Gulf Coast, the Red Cross is on the scene with vast amounts of clean up supplies, dozens of shelters and tens of thousands of meals.

The American Red Cross is Responding

  • The American Red Cross and its partner organizations have opened 342 shelters with 57,879 overnight stays.
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  • First aid and mental health staff are on site to provide counseling and support. 
  • 241 emergency response vehicles and more than 3,655 Red Cross workers are on site in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
  • Through the "Safe and Well" Web site, the Red Cross provides an easy way to assist people in locating loved ones who evacuate their homes or communities.
  • We have served 107,500 meals and 143,769 snacks, and 6,379 comfort kits have been distributed.
  • We encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions to protect their families and loved ones before the disaster strikes.
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  • Be Red Cross Ready. 1. Get a kit 2. Make a Plan 3. Be Informed. Check for additional preparedness information.

Disaster Victims Need Your Help

  • This is a time for people to help each other-no matter where they live.  We're asking you to help your neighbors around the block and in the next state
  • The American Red Cross anticipates spending in excess of $35 million for Hurricane Gustav.
  • The help we give people depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public.  So we are issuing an appeal to citizens in every state to help those affected.
  • We're asking people to be as flexible as possible when making their giving choices.  A gift to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for 08 Hurricanes allows us to help disaster victims like these anywhere people are suffering.
  • With more tropical storms and hurricanes yet to come, it's important for the Red Cross to be ready to jumpstart disaster relief operation anywhere.  The Disaster Relief Fund is the safety net that allows us to do just that.
  • You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the 08 Hurricanes, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.  This Fund enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to the victims of disasters.   The American Red Cross honors donor intent.  If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).   You may also mail your donations to the American Red Cross of Central Alabama at 5015 Woods Crossing, Montgomery, AL 36106 or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.  Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting
  • The Red Cross is asking residents in areas unaffected by this disaster to give blood to help ensure the blood supplies are stable.
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  • Due to the hurricane, several blood drives have been canceled.
  • With more rain predicted in many areas, the Red Cross is expecting more cancellations as the storm continues to move.   
  • Eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit us online at to schedule an appointment for the days and weeks ahead.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected.  Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest U.S. supplier of blood and blood products.  The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.  An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.  The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.