American Red Cross of Alaska saves lives

by Lisa Miller

The American Red Cross of Alaska responds to calls for assistance, on average, almost once a day state-wide. In April, 46 people were assisted; of those assisted, at least 18 were children under the age of 18. Including, 8 who were listed as young children (0-5). Four of those assisted was age 60 or older. VOLUNTEERS, all across the state, give up their free time to make this amount of help in their communities possible.

Breakdown of service by area:

Anchorage: 31 individuals received aid

Fairbanks: 4 individuals received aid

North Pole: 8 individuals received aid

Kenai: 1 individuals received aid

Chugiak: 1 individuals received aid

Wasilla: 1 individuals received aid

About the American Red Cross of Alaska:

In FY16, the American Red Cross of Alaska offered food, shelter, comfort and hope to 608 Alaskans. We responded to 200 single and multi-family house fires. Our preparedness / Health and Safety teams have installed 1,425 smoke alarms statewide and educated 2,344 youth through our Pillowcase Project. Additionally, our Service to the Armed Forces staff exchanged 796 emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossak.

Lisa Miller is the Regional Communications Officer for the Alaska Region.