Day 20 of 25 Days of Giving: American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis

Each day, for 25 days during the month of December, the Indians will highlight one community partner organization and how you can give back this holiday season. For more information, visit the 25 Days of Giving main post.

Day 20: American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis

Help Starts With You – Volunteer and donate to support Red Cross home fire assistance by visiting

The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies every day. Prevention is taught in schools, at public events and at speaking engagements. Preparations take place with training for CPR, first aid and more. Volunteers are called to the scene of emergencies to give food, clothing, shelter and comfort to all people who are affected by disasters.

The fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Learn more about our fundamental principles by visiting the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Disaster Response

The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis reaches out to thousands of disaster victims every year and provides immediate emergency relief such as food, clothing, shelter and emotional counseling. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by generous donations of time and money from the American people.

You can help by making a donation or becoming a volunteer.

Red Cross disaster relief starts at the community level. Volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day, every day, to assist individuals affected by disaster in central Indiana. Disasters of any size create immediate needs for those who are affected. Red Cross volunteers meet with the individuals and families who are affected by disaster (clients) and provide immediate assistance for food, clothing, shelter and emotional or physical health care if needed.

The Red Cross provides a way for clients to purchase the items they need using a Client Assistance Card. These are debit cards that can be used at grocery stores, general merchandise stores and other retailers throughout the community. Client Assistance Cards allow clients to select and purchase clothing and groceries, based on their needs and tastes. This provides a way for clients to feel a sense of control returning to their lives.

Once immediate needs have been met, Red Cross volunteers continue to work with each client to help them get on the road to recovery.

In the event of a national disaster, the American National Red Cross can call on a network of more than 800 Red Cross chapters nationwide to mobilize workers to support large-scale disasters throughout the United States.

Volunteers from the Greater Indianapolis Red Cross travel to national disaster relief operations to perform various duties, ranging from operating shelters to distributing food in devastated areas. During these operations, they join other experienced Red Cross volunteers from around the country who are trained to respond to national disasters. Learn More

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