The official blog for the American Red Cross Serving DFW.

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 disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Brief History

In 1908, the Dallas community faced one of its greatest challenges when the Trinity River swelled, flooding the area. More than 4,000 people were made homeless. A small group of passionate and committed individuals, who later founded the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, set to work. The group erected a tent city at Main and Stone streets and hauled hay in wagons to make beds. In one day, Dallas residents contributed $156,000 to aid the victims.

More than 100 years later, the Dallas Area Chapter continues the legacy of those hardworking men and women to provide disaster relief assistance and safety education to the North Texas community. That is our promise to you–to be there whenever or wherever we are needed.

Serving DFW Today

The American Red Cross serves the Dallas and Fort Worth communities as well as the Denton, Weatherford, Cleburne, Corsicana, Terrell, Greenville and McKinney areas as part of the North Texas Region. Across the region, the Red Cross responds to an average of 6 home fires or other local emergencies every day, part of the nearly 70,000 disasters a year we respond to around the country each year. We also provide 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collect and distribute about 40% of the nation’s blood supply and train more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills every year.

Visit us online at RedCross.org/DFW and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RedCrossDFW.

You can contact the blog manager at taelor [dot] duckworth [at] redcross [dot] org.

Media requests should be directed to anita [dot] foster [at] redcross [dot] org.

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