Photo credit: Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

Supporting the American Red Cross

Every nine minutes, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster in communities across the country. Whether it’s a tornado, flooding or a fire in someone’s home, the American Red Cross is there.

At the Principal Financial Group®, we want to help ensure that the American Red Cross is always there in times of need. That’s why we provide support to the Red Cross on an annual basis. Over the past three years, The Principal® has proactively contributed more than $150,000—over and above additional disaster relief donations—to fund the American Red Cross’s early response efforts.

Photo credit: Jason Colston/American Red Cross

“A disaster can happen in anyone’s life at any time—not just when a major natural disaster strikes,” explains Theresa McConeghey, an assistant vice president at The Principal who also serves on the board of directors of the Des Moines-Central Iowa region of the American Red Cross.

That’s why, in addition to their assistance during major disasters, the American Red Cross also:

  • Provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families — in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world
  • Collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply
  • Trains more than nine million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year

McConeghey, says, “I’m proud to be part of the American Red Cross. It’s amazing to see this organization respond to the needs of the local community, as well as to national disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.  The number of lives affected by disasters each year is staggering, and it’s comforting to know that the American Red Cross is available to help. I’m so proud that The Principal helps to make this possible.”

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