They help families in their worst hour and now they need your help.
The American Red Cross has been extra busy. So far this year there have been more house fires and they helped many after the flooding this spring.
With the end of the fiscal year coming up it's especially important the Red Cross reaches its financial goals. Now the Red Cross of the Quad Cities is making a big push for donations.
Red Cross officials say they aren't necessarily worse off than usual, each year is up and down with the need and this has just been a more demanding one.
The Red Cross helps families cope with all kinds of disasters, providing basic needs like food shelter and clothing, as well as emotional support. They also provide services to the armed forces and youth programs, but they can't do it alone.
"We need the community support not only to respond but to help us to be better prepared to respond. So the training of our volunteers, the making sure we have the equipment we need when we respond," said Betsy Pratt American Red Cross of the Quad Cities.
If you want to help the Red Cross you can go to the Picnic on the River tonight at Schwiebert Park.
The event starts at 5:30PM and features food, live music, and auctions. Tickets are $40. You can call to sign up at 309-743-2166.
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