American Red Cross Minnesota Region wrote -
For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. The Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
As the nation’s premier emergency preparedness and response organization, the Red Cross is there to help and comfort people through devastating crises—from house fires to hurricanes. Survivors of disaster, patients needing lifesaving blood, members of the military and many more turn to the Red Cross every second of every day.
With nearly 400,000 volunteers across the country, we have a presence in every community; alongside our global Red Cross partners, we are part of the largest humanitarian network in the world. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.