Viewpoint: November 9, 2012

For nearly two weeks now, the American Red Cross is doing what we've come to expect from the charity...helping people recover from a disaster. Red Cross workers and volunteers are spread out across numerous states in the northeast helping people hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Some volunteers from Louisiana are among them. We know better than most that it will be a long road ahead for Hurricane Sandy victims. We also know how important the Red Cross can be for those trying to recover. The Red Cross is mandated by the federal government to respond to major disasters, but it gets no federal funding on a regular basis. And, while the Red Cross responds to every natural disaster, its most common response is to house fires, helping people devastated by those personal tragedies.

The Red Cross depends on donations from people like you to be able to help all those fire victims, while still responding to big disasters. The American Red Cross has become one of a handful of indispensable charities in this country. We encourage you to help the Red Cross help people in Louisiana and around the country in their times of need.