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Why is the Red Cross So Important?

Some of you may be wondering at the importance of the American Red Cross to society, and still others may not even give it a second thought. You know what it is, you see the red cross symbol here and there, but as far as actually knowing the importance of it, many of us don’t have a clue. Unless you have been involved in a disaster, whether it be a tornado, hurricane, flood, or even a fire, you won’t know what this great organization is actually capable of accomplishing! In fact, there are a lot of people who think that the Red Cross only collects donated blood. Far from it!

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Red Cross is Always There

Who do you think steps in when a hurricane destroys an entire town, or sets up shelters for the people who have lost their homes? Who makes sure they have medical care, food, and clothing after all is lost? It’s the dedicated volunteers of the Red Cross, giving their all in an effort to help the unfortunate people who have been affected. Volunteers descend on disaster areas by the hundreds to lend a helping hand, and they belong to one of the greatest organizations in America! In fact, you may have wanted to volunteer at rescue sites but have no idea where to go to sign up.

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Red Cross Chapters

A Red Cross chapter is more than likely located right in your home town, and you can go there to join, or at least find out how you can help in other ways. Did you know that? Well, you know it now. I have been so impressed at what the Red Cross of America has been able to do anytime they are called in to assist. Seeing these people in action is like something out of a movie! They are quick, organized, and extremely helpful no matter what they are doing. Doctors, nurses, and civilians all have a role to play, but it’s not unheard of for a surgeon to be emptying bedpans, a nurse to be offering emotional support, clergy doing everything from holding a hand to running for supplies, and civilian volunteers doing any and everything they can to help.

I remember watching “Mash” when I was younger, and admiring the camaraderie among the people of the unit. This is what the volunteers of the Red Cross remind me of. All pulling together for one cause. I think that anyone who gives freely of their time and energy like this will be met at the door to heaven and welcomed with open arms! They deserve it, don’t you think? No matter what capacity you choose to serve in, or how much or how little time you can offer, every minute is so appreciated, especially by the folks you are helping. Don’t think for a minute that no one notices what you do! You are a hero to these people who have been struck down by catastrophe, even if you don’t like to think you are.

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Consider Volunteering

Think about volunteering for the Red Cross chapter in your town. You are not going to believe the feeling of deep, inner satisfaction you are going to have once you do. Help those in need if you can, in any way you can! One day you might be the one relying on these wonderful people who give up their time for such a good cause. I certainly hope you aren’t, but it’s a good feeling to know that they are there when they are called upon to help out.

I’m sure every man, woman, and undoubtedly some children have heard of the Red Cross in America, but I wonder if everyone actually knows what that Red Cross symbolizes, or what the organization does?

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About Your American Red Cross

I’m sure every man, woman, and undoubtedly some children have heard of the Red Cross in America, but I wonder if everyone actually knows what that Red Cross symbolizes, or what the organization does? Until I started to research the American Red Cross, I knew some, but not all of the facts associated with this all-encompassing group of dedicated volunteers who step in any time disaster strikes. I have even donated a time or two, but other than that gave little thought to the power behind the group.

 

Blood Drives 

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You probably already know about the blood drives that are conducted in your community, and you may have donated your own blood to the cause. But did you know that over 4 million people line up each year to donate? And that these donations account for over 40% of the blood supply in America alone? Imagine that! I must say that these facts really surprised me. I knew the figures were high, but 40%? That’s a lot of blood being given, isn’t it? Of course, since I am curious by nature, I decided to delve a little further into gathering information about the Red Cross.

 

Great Response Rate to All Disasters

I found that this group responds to all disasters, not just the really big ones that warrant television news coverage. If there is a fire in a local community, the Red Cross steps up to offer their assistance in any way they can. Providing meals, helping to relocate victims who have lost their homes, making sure families stay together and have food, clothing, and shelter until they can get back on their feet. I did not know it was the Red Cross that made all this possible! So, maybe you are thinking that this is not such a “big deal.” Or that there are lots of groups that step in to assist these people. In actuality, no group is as large as this one or has as many volunteers, or has such a long history of helping those who have been affected by disasters.

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Relief agencies like the American Red Cross say monetary donations give them the greatest flexibility to address victims’ needs.

For instance, I did not know the Red Cross has been in existence since 1881. Or that it had been founded in Washington by someone named Clara Barton. Oh, I had heard the name, but quite obviously missed the connection. She led the organization for 23 years, and successfully campaigned for ratification of the Geneva Convention that protected the servicemen who were injured during wartime. She achieved that goal in 1882. Under her guidance the US conducted their first overseas disaster relief efforts. Amazing woman, yes?

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Now, please don’t think that I am preaching about the Red Cross organization – that is not the purpose of this blog! I just want to bring some of the lesser known facts to the attention of those who may not fully understand what this wonderful group does. I know that I learned quite a bit that I didn’t know, even though I thought I knew all about the group. I guess I always assumed that the only time they stepped in was after a huge natural disaster-like a flood, hurricane, or tornado. Wrong on all counts, and I admit it. So, I think I am going to try to learn a little more about this organization that so willingly provides disaster relief to help so many people in light of any tragedy that could possibly happen. So, yes, you can look forward to reading more about the Red Cross in America in my upcoming blogs. Hope you enjoy it!

 

I’m sure every man, woman, and undoubtedly some children have heard of the Red Cross in America, but I wonder if everyone actually knows what that Red Cross symbolizes, or what the organization does?

Read More