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American Red Cross

Together, we can save a life December 2008 News Letter

About Us

Founded in 1891 by Clara Barton, the American Red Cross is the nation’s premier emergency response organization. The American Red Cross is headquartered in Washington. Gail J. McGovern is the President and chief executive of the organization. In the beginning, the American Red Cross cared for victims of war. The organization has evolved over the years and today, they provide care for victims of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and fires. Domestic disaster relief is not the only area that the American Red Cross provides its services in. Other areas include: community services that care for the less fortunate, support for the military and their families, the collection and distribution of blood, educational programs promoting health and safety and lastly, international relief and development programs.

More than 4 million people donate blood every year. On average, 91 cents of every dollar that the organization spends is donated to humanitarian aid. Without these donations, the American Red Cross would not be in existence. Because it is a non- governmental association, the donations of blood, money, time and goods are what keep the American Red Cross alive. The American Red Cross appreciates all who donate and volunteer in order to keep the organization going. For more information please visit our website:

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Calendar of Events

Special Events

Holiday Mail for Our Heroes

Every holiday season, the American Redcross teams up with Pitney Bowes in order to send 1 million holiday cards to service members, veterans and the families of our U.S. military. If you want to participate in this event, visit our website:

December’s Employee of the Month

Jennifer Ryan is the executive

director and chief executive of the Lee County Red Cross. Ryan goes above and beyond to make sure that she serves the Red Cross. Not only does she complete all of the duties that come along with being executive director, she serves as a health and safety instructor as well as a basic disaster instructor. Ryan is part sevarl tems within the organization. She is part of the National Fundraising team, which raises money during a time of crises. She is also part of the Advanced Public Affairs team, which is responsible for handling the media during a time of crises. Ryan has extended her service to a national level. In 2004, she was appointed to the American Red Cross Presidential Committee. This committee meets four times annually with Gail J. McGovern, national chief executive of the American Red Cross, in order to give input on relevant issues. As you can see, Jennifer Ryan is an outstanding attribute to the American Red Cross. Thank you Jennifer for your service to the Red Cross!

Happy Holidays! The American Red Cross would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. We hope that all of you have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Thank you for all that you do! Sincerely, American Red Cross

Contact Information Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (EspaĂąol) Or email us:


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