Triangle Area Red Cross Chapter
These are a few of the support efforts made by The Triangle Area Red Cross throughout 2010 and 2011.
Local Disaster Response
The Triangle Area Region responded to 1,150 local disasters providing assistance to 1,661 families (shelter, basic needs of food and clothing, guidance and referrals), at a cost of over $855,000 and prevented over 31,800 nights of homelessness.
The Triangle Area Region helped recruit 101,000 units of blood. Each unit of blood may be separated into three parts that will help save the lives of as a many as three people.
Health & Safety Services
The Triangle Area Region taught life saving CPR, First Aid, Water Safety and Babysitting to over 65,000 members of our community.
Services to the Armed Forces
The Triangle Area Region is the direct line of communication between military personnel and their families when an emergency strikes. Last year we served 10,000 members of our military and their families. The Triangle Area Region also works with veterans, military personnel and their families to assist with basic needs. The Red Cross may also pay travel costs for two immediate family members to an injured soldier’s beside.
Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC)
The 501(c)3 not-for-profit Triangle Aquatic Center is a privately held public aquatic facility with a mission to build and operate public aquatic facilities for the health, safety, recreation and competition needs of Triangle citizens and aquatic organizations. Every day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning and drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. TAC is saving thousands of lives each year by teaching water safety, learn to swim lessons and by certifying hundreds of lifeguards every year. We chose the Triangle Aquatic Center as one of our charity partners in order to assist in TAC’s mission of ensuring that fewer friends and families lose loved ones the way we lost Karl (see about us).
USA Swimming’s Make A Splash Local Partner
In 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation launched “Make a Splash” – a national child-focused water safety initiative which aims to provide the opportunity for every child to learn to swim. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood accidental death and many families in America and in the Triangle do not have the means to ensure that their child learns to swim at a young age. The Triangle Aquatic Center and the Make A Splash Foundation offer free swim lessons to underprivileged children in the Triangle area, children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn how to swim – thus placing them at a staggering 88% increased likelihood of falling victim to a drowning accident.