How to Help


   Planned Giving

   Volunteer Opportunities

   Give Blood

Whether supported through an outright gift or planned gift, all Red Cross programs are made possible through the generosity and commitment of people like you.


One of the best ways to help disaster victims and people in need in your community is through a financial donation.

  • The American Red Cross is not a government agency.
  • All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, thanks to the generosity of people like you.

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A planned gift to the Red Cross helps to ensure the future of the services and programs we provide in your community and worldwide and may further your financial goals. Planned gifts include gifts through your will, chartible gift annuitites, gifts of life insurance, pooled income funds, and charitable trusts. For questions regarding giving opportunities please call the Development Department at (203) 869-8444.

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Every day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies -- whether it's half a million disaster victims or one sick child who needs blood. Our vital work is made possible by people like you, who learn how good it can feel to lend a helping hand. Red Cross "everyday heroes" come from all walks of life. They're all ages. Everyone has something special to offer -- including you.

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We all expect blood to be there for us, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later, virtually all of us will face a time of great vulnerability in which we will need blood. And that time is all too often unexpected.

From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The honor, spirit and resources of the American people comes forth with neighbors helping neighbors in need - during earthquakes, floods, fires, storms - and also for the deeply personal and often quiet disasters that require a gift of blood.

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