We provide food and shelter in emergencies, assist members of our armed forces and their families, teach lifesaving skills, and more. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
Red Cross workers in Eastern PA help thousands of members of the community each year. We trained Students in grades trained in The Pillowcase Project. In , our Region: We are guided by seven fundamental principles: History The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter has a rich history serving the communities for years.
Each of the five chapters within our region were founded in and as a chartered unit of the American National Red Cross. Today, Eastern Pennsylvania is one of the largest American Red Cross chapters in the country, serving nearly 6 million people in 17 counties. SEPA has a long and proud history of providing comfort and relief to those most in need: Official recognition was received by Washington on March 4, One of the most notable individual services rendered by the canteen was the hot roast beef dinner, requested by the City of Philadelphia, served at Shibe Park on May 15, to 16, men of the returning 28th Division by Canteeners in minutes.
A new world record! In addition, 67 hospitals were supplied with volunteers and equipment. Also in response to the epidemic, overseas, five Base Hospitals were equipped wholly or in part by the Chapter. The Canteen Service, assisted by Junior Red Cross in the Branches, ran canning centers and filled containers with vegetables and fruits, which were distributed to the needy. That month, the very first blood donors in our region gave pints of blood. As an example, the Chapter recorded 46, volunteer served , hours in December of and 78, volunteers served , hours in February of During the war, the Chapter occupied part of a building at North Broad Street as headquarters.
This was the first convention since due to the war. It was the largest ever held at the time, only surpassed by the Wilkie Republican Convention. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter was given its own home — a large house on the northeast corner of 17th and Locust Streets to serve as headquarters.
Part of the program was a parade of uniforms dating from to those current at the time. Devastation was brought to communities from Florida to New York state, including Pennsylvania.
At the peak of the disaster, the Red Cross housed , people in mass care shelters. On November 3, , an open house was held at the new Chapter Headquarters located at 23rd and Chestnut during which the cornerstone was filled with a list of historical items. One Chapter staff member accepted an assignment in Saudi Arabia. Following the cease-fire our volunteers and staff spent time at the airport round the clock to greet returning troops.
Roughly 1, volunteers met 73 flights and greeted 19, service members.