Letters to the Editor

Centre Gives Letter to the Editor: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has once again partnered with Centre Gives to help fulfill our Red Cross Mission.

Generous Centre Gives donors help us to provide compassionate care to people in need down the street, across the country and around the world.

Every year the Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters in the United States — more than 500 right here in central Pennsylvania. Red Cross volunteers have responded to seven Centre County house fires already in 2015.

It provides more than 7 million people with training in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills; reaches more than 3.5 million people through disaster education presentations; provides about 400,000 services to military members, veterans and civilians and briefs more than 1 million people through the “Get to Know Us” program.

The Red Cross holds 600 blood drives daily and provides almost 40 percent of the U.S. blood supply. This includes collecting more than 12,000 pints of blood in our community each year.

Every nine minutes, the American Red Cross brings help and hope to people in need. Thanks to the support of everyday heroes like you, the Red Cross is able to respond to disasters big and small, support military families, help ensure that blood is available when needed and teach life-saving skills like CPR and first aid. Be a Hero. Visit https://centregives.org/#npo/american-red-cross to join Centre Gives in supporting the American Red Cross in our community.

Stephanie Fost

State College

The writer is executive director of the Mid-Central Chapter.