Campaign for Disaster Relief

Disasters Change Lives. You Can Too.

Key Messages

  • The cost of providing disaster relief this year has rapidly outpaced contributions to the Red Cross, depleting our Disaster Relief Fund. We have been forced to borrow the money to help the victims of these disasters.

  • While our disaster relief operations are ongoing, it's not easy to nail down the exact cost of our relief efforts. Our current best estimate for the hurricanes of 2008 is about $115-$120 million.

  • We estimate an initial $100 million will be needed to continue providing shelter, food, counseling, and other assistance to victims of the recent hurricanes, and even more will be needed to respond to future disasters.

  • The Red Cross is not a government agency and thus not dependent on federal funds. The overwhelming majority of the money we raise comes from our generous donors. We will always need to depend on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission.

  • The Disaster Relief Fund gives people the chance to help anywhere in the nation. Whenever and wherever disaster strikes, the Disaster Relief Fund will ensure that Red Cross help comes quickly.

  • To ensure the Red Cross continues its help for disaster victims, we need your help. We are calling on everyone to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which allows the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other critical services whenever and wherever disasters occur.

  • You can donate to the Red Cross by going to or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).