The American Red Cross is known for its blood drives, but they actually do a lot more than that. Spokeswoman Sue Thesenga says they also help with large-scale disaster relief as well as responding when a family loses their home in a fire.
The Red Cross is asking you to help with their recovery effort from Superstorm Sandy. Spokeswoman Megan Mrozek says this is going to be one of their biggest recovery efforts they've had in several years.
It's something we face every year around this time...the beginning of the summer Red Cross blood supply shortage. We all get busy with our summer events and vacations. But to help keep our nation's blood supply from dipping to emergency levels, we ask that you take some time this Monday to give blood.
Approximately every two seconds someone in America needs blood – about 44,000 pints a day. While the need for blood never goes away, blood and platelet donors do during the summer months. As summer calendars fill with family vacations and fun summer activities, the American Red Cross needs your help.
Rescue workers, aided by teams from at least a dozen countries, have begun to dig out bodies in Japan's devastated northeastern coastal towns. More than 1,800 people have been confirmed dead, but the estimate of those killed is believed to be at least 10,000.