“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” -Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City
12 years ago, America was struck by a tragedy that overcame millions with grief, fear, and, above all, compassion. Within minutes of the attack, more than 6,000 American Red Cross disaster volunteers were mobilized. That day, volunteers opened 13 shelters in the New York area for people left homeless or stranded. Volunteer mental health professionals were deployed to shelters, the attack sites and other major hubs to provide physical and emotional support to those affected by the tragedy.
In the days following the attack, the Red Cross worked night and day to offer financial assistance, counseling and guidance to New Yorkers. Dozens of blood drives were set up to provide life-saving blood to those severely injured in the attack. Additionally, the Red Cross provided meals for both families and workers.
After just one month, the Red Cross had served 5,854,373 meals, answered 64,211 hotline calls and helped people affected by the disaster by making 61,104 mental health contacts and 31,717 disaster health contacts.
Six months after the attacks, the Red Cross had received $930 million in contributions. The organization had distributed $169 million to more than 3,200 families of the deceased and those seriously injured. More than 51,000 families displaced by the attacks received $270 million. An additional $94 million had funded the provision of 14 million meals, mental health services to 232,000 people and health services to 129,000 people.
Thanks to our generous supporters , the Red Cross was able to respond quickly and efficiently to this tragedy and provide support when it was needed it most. We are so grateful for our donors and volunteers, as they are the absolute lifeblood of our organization. Today, we can all say that we are proud to be American and that we will never forget those whose lives were lost.