Thursday, January 1, 2009

About Us

This is the official blog for the American Red Cross - Dallas Area Chapter.

You can contact the blog manager at amy [dot] yen [at] redcross [dot] org.

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

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.

The Dallas Area Chapter 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 by providing Mass Care, Logistics, Family Financial Assistance, and Mental Health Services. American Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. The core of American Red Cross disaster relief is the assistance given to individuals and families affected by disaster to enable them to resume their normal independent lives.

Visit us online at RedCross.org/DFW.