By: Tyler Welch and Makenzie Bryant
Clara Barton and a few of her close friends founded the American Red Cross in Washington D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first got the idea when she was in Europe after the Civil War. Upon her return she campaigned for an American Red Cross. Barton led the Red Cross for 23 years. After the First World War, the Red Cross focused most of their service to military veterans and enhanced programs in safety training, accident prevention, care of the sick, and nutrition. When the Second World War came around, the Red Cross was called upon again to help military, allies, and civilians. Millions of packages and supplies were sent everywhere in order to aid those in need. The Red Cross also provided 13.3 million pints of blood for those that were injured in battle.
Community Need That the American Red Cross Saw
- People affected by disasters in America
- Support for members of military and their families
- Blood collection, processing, and distribution
- Health and safety education and training
- International relief and development
Impact of the Red Cross
The Red Cross is only made possible because of the generous donations they receive daily. Every year, the American Red Cross Disaster Relief helps victims of countless crises in the U.S. and around the world. The Red Cross provides immediate relief and long-term help through supplies and many other different methods that help make their job of helping people hurt by disasters easier.
Change it Has Provided
- Built safer communities
- Educated future humanitarians
- Responded to many different disasters
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American Red Cross 2013: Arms Open and Full