1945 - 1996
The Ad Council worked with the American Red Cross on public service advertising campaigns for more than 50 years. The PSAs raised public awareness of the various services provided by the Red Cross. They helped recruit blood donors, enlist volunteers and raise funds. In fact, the ads helped to recruit 30,000 volunteers in just one month. In two years, the recruitment campaign increased young adult involvement in the Red Cross by 37%. Additionally, in 1972, a special emergency campaign helped raise more than $15 million for the victims of Hurricane Agnes. Through the years, these campaigns informed the public about steps that they could take to prevent and cope with health problems.