Local Connection: Red Cross Centennial

March is national Red Cross Month, a time to recognize the critical services this important humanitarian organization provides to the community.

This year also marks the Centennial Anniversary of the Red Cross in Hawaii.  The mission of the Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

When disasters strike, the people of Hawaii know the Red Cross will be there to respond. The Red Cross is on call 24/7 and responds to disasters in Hawaii every 4 days.  And even though they work side by side fire, police, military, and civil defense, Red Cross is not a government agency and does not receive any funding from the federal or state government for disaster operations.

Red Cross needs your help to raise much needed funds not only for disaster relief, but for a new Emergency Response Vehicle that is instrumental in almost every phase of disaster response—from prepositioning people, cots and blankets before a hurricane strikes, to distributing food and water following a brushfire, to providing a safe place for a Red Cross worker to offer physical and emotional support to a family following a home fire.

For 100 years, the Red Cross has played a vital role in helping the people of Hawaii recover from every major disaster, from hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis to volcanic eruptions and air crashes.

Through the generosity and support of Hawaii's people, the Hawaii Red Cross will be here for the next 100 years to provide comfort and hope to those in need.  Please kokua at redcross.org/hawaii.

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