The Red Cross is known world-wide for helping families with food, clothing and shelter after disasters. But we also provide unknown and lifesaving service in communities across the Metroplex every day; and that's making sure that area firefighters working on disaster scenes have plenty of bottled water and Gatorade to keep them hydrated.
With this year's extreme temperatures, the Red Cross plowed through an entire summer's worth of bottled water and Gatorade in just a few short weeks. We saw an increase of 132% in the amount of hydration supplies distributed over this time last year, and a 46% increase in disaster responses. The Dallas Area Chapter was facing a critical water shortage, but citizens and businesses across North Texas and around the country stepped up to help us restock our shelves.
Today, our water wells are replenished and your American Red Cross is responding to numerous wildfires across North Texas. Our disaster relief volunteers are fanned across North Texas to ensure firefighters and emergency response workers are hydrated. This would not be possible without the outpouring of financial support we received to help us restock our shelves. Thank you to everyone who made a financial gift and to our corporate partners Nestle, Quaker Oats, Pepsi and Grainger for their generous donations. Special thanks also go out to Dr Pepper Snapple Group for their in-kind donation, as well and for their continued support of the national Annual Disaster Giving Program and the North Texas Mass Care Task Force.