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SAF Program

Military members or family members who need immediate assistance please call our 24-hour hotline at 1-877-272-7337.

American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) helps military members and their families cope with separation and other special needs related to service in the armed forces. Services include around-the-clock, around-the-world communication between military members and their families; neutral, impartial assistance; independent verification of emergency situations; access to financial assistance and referrals for emergency needs; and pre-deployment briefings.

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Back to School Bash

The American Red Cross recently hosted a "back to school bash" for miliary families of the Gaston County National Guard Unit. Families received school supplies as well as fun activities to do. | Read More

July and August volunteer opportunities

Check out our July and August volunteer opportunities: Click here | Read More

Scholarships available for military families

With lots of our military children planning on graduating next year and/or furthering their education, we have lists great scholarship opportunities. | Read More

About SAF

The Service to the Armed Forces program dates back to the establishment of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton in May 1881. Not only did the “Angel of the Battlefield” risk her life tending to soldiers wounded in the Civil War, she bolstered their morale by writing letters for them to send to their families. Today’s American Red Cross workers proudly carry on this tradition through the SAF program, which serves as a critical line of communication between the U.S Armed Forces and their families.   | Learn more about SAF.