American Red Cross Crossnotes Updates for May 2024

Clubs and Organizations

May 9, 2024

Our thoughts are with everyone whose lives have been impacted by the recent tornadoes, floods and storms that have left a trail of destruction across several southern and midwestern states. With more than 35 open shelters across the country, the American Red Cross has been working around the clock to help families facing their darkest moments.

With widespread damage to communities and homes, recovery efforts from disasters like floods, tornadoes and wildfires are just beginning, and more severe weather is on its way. Many residents will rely on the Red Cross for assistance in the weeks and months ahead.

Your generous support today is instrumental in helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small. Please, rush a donation now.

If you or someone you know needs help, please visit redcross.org/get-help.


Thank you to our national Sound the Alarm partner, State Farm, for their generous support of our Home Fire Campaign.

Honoring Those Who Serve this Military Appreciation Month


This Military Appreciation Month, we come together to remember, respect and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. For over 140 years, the American Red Cross has been honored to provide unwavering support to our troops and their families. Today, we continue to provide nearly 550,000 services to members of the military and veterans every year.

Your generous support has made it possible for us to make a difference in the lives of American military members and their loved ones. Read more about how you can help support Service to the Armed Forces.

Race to Give Blood for Great Gifts!


Get in on the action and race to save lives! Thanks to Sport Clip Haircuts, those who come to give blood by May 31 will get an email with a free haircut coupon.^^ PLUS when you race in to give by May 19, you’ll receive automatic entry for a chance to win a VIP NASCAR racing experience. The winner will get two tickets to the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Races at Darlington Raceway in September 2024, round-trip airfare for two to South Carolina, up to a 3-night hotel stay, entry to the Sport Clips racetrack hospitality tent, plus a $1,000 gift card for expenses.^^^

P.S. Come to give blood April 29-May 19 and you’ll receive a BONUS $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.* That’s a fresh cut, a bonus e-gift card AND a chance at the trip of a lifetime. Schedule now so you don’t miss out!

15 Mile Swim Challenge


Calling all swimmers! Dive into action this June to help support swim lessons in communities with a higher risk of drowning by joining the 15 Mile Swim Challenge hosted by the American Red Cross. Join the Facebook group for community and motivation, start a fundraiser, and we’ll send you your Red Cross swim cap and tote bag when you receive your first donation. Register today! Contact [email protected] with questions.

Volunteers Deliver Mission in Times of Disaster


During Military Appreciation Month, we honor and pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation in the armed forces.

Whether you’re a veteran, a military family member, or simply someone who wants to give back to those who have served, volunteering your time and skills plays a crucial role in ensuring that our armed forces receive the support they need when it matters most. If you’re ready to make a difference, we invite you to join our team of Hero Care Network volunteers.

Rescue Royale: Power of Red


This spring all content creators are invited to Rescue Royale: Power of Red. Whether you’re a gamer, an artist, a chef, a musician or someone who streams what they are passionate about, your platform can become a source of help and hope. Incorporate “red” into your stream and share your own “Power of Red” story.

Every dollar raised during Power of Red means more relief for someone facing their most difficult moments, wherever it’s needed most. So don’t wait: Sign up to Join Rescue Royale: Power of Red today!

Donate a Vehicle to the Red Cross Today!


Your old vehicle has something left to give. By donating it to the Red Cross, you can help power our lifesaving mission. Every day, people face emergencies of all sizes — from prolonged and life-threatening blood shortages, to more frequent and intense disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, to the unique challenges faced by military families, to a person in need of lifesaving CPR provided by a trained bystander.

Donating your vehicle — in almost any condition — is one great way to help us help others in your community. Watch this short video to learn more about our Vehicle Donation Program.

Become a Red Cross Champion with a Monthly Donation


Monthly donations help provide relief and comfort to our neighbors in need. When you become a Red Cross Champion today with a monthly gift, you’ll receive a FREE Red Cross tote bag as our thanks for your partnership.

Leslie’s Poolmart Supports Water Safety for Families

Thank you, Leslie’s, for highlighting lifesaving water safety. From May 7 through October 31, Leslie’s customers can donate in-store and online and 50% of all donations collected will support the American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Campaign.

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Get more of the latest Red Cross news

Dear James,

It amazes me to think how the founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, bravely provided nursing care and supplies to soldiers during the Civil War. These activities ultimately defined her life and earned her the nickname, the Angel of the Battlefield.

As Memorial Day approaches, our nation reflects on the sacrifices of the selfless individuals who gave so much for our country. At the Red Cross we are honored to carry forward Clara’s legacy of helping members of the military and their families — whether that means assisting an active service member reaching their family during an emergency or supporting their transition back into civilian life.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a dedicated member of our Red Cross community and helping us to continue this vital work. I’m truly grateful for each and every one of you.

-- Gail McGovern
President and CEO
American Red Cross.

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