2011 was a disastrous year, and that had relief agencies like the Red Cross working overtime.

FOX News Radio's Dave Anthony reports:

 

Courtesy: Red Cross

A lot of people suffered this year. (crying) From the tsunami that devastated Japan, to the tornadoes that tore up the Midwest and South:

"We have utter destruction."

To all the flooding (water rushing) Hurricane Irene caused from Vermont to New Jersey. The Red Cross was inundated.

Howe: "Quite a bit busier than 2010 and 2009."

In just the U.S., 137 large-scale disaster operations in 46 states. The Red Cross' Laura Howe says they:

Howe: "Opened up more than 1000 shelters and provided 6.7 million meals and snacks."

And despite the tough economy:

Howe: "People have been generous this year."

Adding, they always get a rush of donations at the end of the year.

Dave Anthony, FOX News Radio.