Showing We Care: Support the Lifesaving Work of the Red Cross

By Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President & CEO

NSSF Red Cross CEO
The NSSF donates to several charities including the American Red Cross. IMG NSSF

U.S.A. -( NSSF launched our Gun Owners Care initiative at the 2020 SHOT Show as a way to gather the voices of the firearm-owning public and show our country that American firearm owners are good people doing good things for their families, their friends, their neighbors and their communities. The initiative was well-received and gained immediate traction with members of the firearm industry and consumers across the board, with all signs pointing toward messaging that resonated with people from all walks of life.

What we didn’t expect, what no one could have anticipated, was the world we’re living in now.

You could easily have forgotten all about Gun Owners Care. But you didn’t. In fact, not only did you not forget about Gun Owners Care, you rose to the occasion.

Manufacturers of all sizes throughout our industry looked at their machinery and their wealth of skilled labor professionals, and immediately put them to work making safety glasses, masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer. Employees everywhere fed first responders crafted more masks on sewing machines at home and set up food banks for communities struggling with pandemic shortages. And through it all, you’ve legally armed millions of people who, over the last several months, have come to truly understand what self-reliance and personal responsibility mean.

We are proud of you. You have amply, genuinely demonstrated that Gun Owners Care. And you will rise to the challenge time and time again. It’s who you are. Because of that, I’m asking you now to step up one more time and join NSSF in our fundraiser for the American Red Cross.

It’s not just about getting through the pandemic. The people of the American Red Cross are there whenever tragedy strikes, from an apartment fire in the city or a tornado ravaging a small Midwest farming community to hurricanes on the Eastern Seaboard and the summer wildfires of the West. They provide global aid ranging from childhood vaccines to the most vulnerable citizens of developing countries, food, clothing, water and resource support in times of crises like drought and famine. They are ardent, critical supporters of our U.S. military members and their families, and they are, of course, the lynchpin in the process of collecting blood donations and distributing them to medical facilities across the country.

More than, perhaps, at any other time in recent memory, the American Red Cross needs your help to deliver their lifesaving mission. Please, join us in donating today. Whether $5 or $5,000, every dollar counts. Our goal is to raise $10,000 through this fundraiser over the next three months—and if your generosity over the past few months is any indication, we have an excellent chance of topping that. We also encourage you to donate blood where you can. This link has the details (just enter your zip code in the indicated box), and it also provides information on how all blood donations are being tested for COVID-19 antibodies, which is key to ending this health crisis and preventing a devastating resurgence.

National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.

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hippybiker (@hippy-biker)
1 year ago

I hope everyone understands that this is the same Red Cross that help move money to the Bolshevik criminals that set up the Soviet Union!

PsychoUSMC (@psychousmc)
1 year ago

The same red cross that cancelled blood drives because they were being hosted by gun stores? Screw the red cross.

recon29 (@recon29)
1 year ago

Please do not support them. When Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern joined the Red Cross from AT&T, she brought her team with her. They completely destroyed the old Red Cross. They got rid of most of the old employees and then lost more than half of the great volunteers. I was assigned to the Red Cross as an Americorps Vista and had to watch as all of this went down. I was on my second year as an Americrps Vista. Donated properties and buildings still being sold. The Red Cross is anti-gun and has signs in their buildings stating such All… Read more »

Bear (@davidsonpo97)
1 year ago

I have worked as a competitive swim coach, life guard, personal trainer, and volunteered with different groups on disaster relief. So I have had to deal with the Red Cross on many different levels. They are a terrible organization that only wants more money. During disaster relief the red cross gets money from FEMA for handing out meals. They will take meals from charity organizations there to feed people, bring them to their tent or go and deliver them, and then use those meal counts to get money from FEMA. They did buy or cook anything but will take tax… Read more »

Old Fogey
Old Fogey (@old-fogey)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bear

I could not agree with you any more. Four years ago in southeast Louisiana there was a massive flood in late August. People cooked their own pots of jambalaya and brought to the location where the Red Cross was handing out meals. They would not hand it out, but kept it and ate it. There were pictures of what they were passing out: 2 chicken nuggets, a roll, and corn. AS A MEAL!!! I would never donate to them again and encourage everyone not to donate either. People here started going around handing out Walmart gift cards rather than donate… Read more »

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 year ago

You do know the International Red Cross is anti-gun.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley (@rockhouse)
1 year ago

I would rather see people support the Salvation Army, they do good work for folks in dire straits.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 year ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

The Salvation Army is anti-gun.

Bill (@bill)
1 year ago

I’m sorry but the red crooks are one of the most corrupt entities on this planet. Please people, wake the hell up and do not give these people any of your money.

1 year ago

I guess it makes some feel like “they care” if they donate to the unending corruption, so long as they can kid themselves endlessly. Which means not watching the video, or reading any facts either. I guess they’re stuck in blissful ignorance. 🙂