March is the month that has been designated as American Rd Cross Awareness Month
They depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs.
Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882.
Barton led the Red Cross for 23 years, during which time we conducted our first domestic and overseas disaster relief efforts, aided the United States military during the Spanish-American War, and campaigned successfully for the inclusion of peacetime relief work as part of the global Red Cross network–the so-called “American Amendment” that initially met with some resistance in Europe.
The Red Cross are the heroes who have served in every war. They are there in our community when the whole world seems to be coming undone.
Today, the supporters, volunteers and employees of the American Red Cross provide compassionate care in five critical areas:
- People affected by disasters in America
- Support for members of the military and their families
- Blood collection, processing and distribution
- Health and safety education and training
- International relief and development
You can pitch in by reaching out.Please contact your local Red Cross chapter if you have questions about the Red Cross in your community