In 1916, twenty-five local residents met at downtown L.A.’s Alexandria Hotel to create a Red Cross chapter and ensure that L.A. was ready to help the country during WWI and assist military soldiers and their families.
Since then, the Red Cross has been assisting Angelenos through wars and peacetime and has grown to one of the largest Red Cross regions in the country, serving 10 million people in 88 cities and hundreds of communities. The American Red Cross exists in L.A. to provide compassionate care to those in need. It is dedicated to helping victims of disaster and providing programs and services that help our communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Last year alone, Red Cross Los Angeles Region volunteers responded to 466 local emergencies, assisted 1,097 military families, and installed over 2,500 smoke alarms.
The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has a long and proud history of providing comfort and relief to those in need and is proud to have served this community for 100 years. None of this could be done without the work and support of volunteers and donors, helping to provide relief when people need it the most. Celebrate the Red Cross Los Angeles Centennial: I Belong. 100 Years Strong.