The American Red Cross is an incredible organization that supports communities in the wake of emergencies. The American Red Cross offers a multitude of services ranging from providing food and shelter, connecting families and friends in times of tragedy, as well as offering classes in safety and emergency situations. During World War II after my grandfather was wounded and laying in the hospital, the Red Cross volunteers helped him communicate with his family by writing letters as he dictated messages. We still cherish those letters today.
The American Red Cross coordinates volunteer efforts and donations in times of need. Even today, right now, so quickly after the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, volunteers are providing food, water, and emotional support to the community. They have also provided blood to a local hospital in order to aid the injured. The organization announced that they will continue to provide services in the days ahead.
After today’s shooting, it feels as though there are so many unanswered questions, so much grief, an abundance of anger and disbelief. Right now, I think it’s important to focus on what we can do to help. While the American Red Cross does not yet have anything specific available to help the community of Newtown, Conn., you can visit their page on Ways to Help.