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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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Red Cross Emergency Response Teams

Have you ever wanted to do something good for your community but just didn’t know what or where to begin? How about getting the training you need to become a member of the Red Cross emergency response team? Believe me when I say you won’t be the first to do so. Doctors, nurses, technicians, and many more professional people already belong, but many, many more people are needed-not just professionals! Regular, everyday citizens just like you and me. Our services are needed in every community, be it a small town, large city, or something in between.

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Once you become a member of the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit you will learn the seven principles that are fundamental to the Red Cross movement worldwide:

  • Humanity

  • Neutrality

  • Unity

  • Voluntary

  • Independence

  • Impartiality

  • Universality

You will need to contact the Red Cross chapter to find out what you need to do to become a member of this elite team, and what classes and training you are going to need. It won’t be an easy task, but once you are done and go out on that first call it will be the most fulfilling moment of your life. You will be helping to save lives, and what better “job” is there? Yes, this is a volunteer opportunity, and you will have to commit time and effort, but it is such a worthwhile cause.

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You and your fellow team members will come together as one unit to offer assistance and aid to people who have fallen victim to natural disasters, conflict of war, and general total devastation of the area they live in. Remember Hurricane Katrina? It was through the efforts of the Red Cross volunteers that these people received the medical care, food, shelter and clothing they so desperately needed at this terrible time. Without these volunteers, total chaos would have reigned for so much longer than it actually did.

You may find yourself carrying supplies to and fro, transporting the sick, injured, or the elderly, administering first aid, or maybe even emptying bedpans. No job should be beneath you when you volunteer. You may be assigned the task of getting people to shelters, or even setting up temporary ones. Maybe you will find yourself cleaning up debris, clearing away rubble, or helping people try to locate other family members, friends, or even their pets. No matter what task you perform, it is valued beyond belief!

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Volunteering is a Life Sacrifice

Volunteers who are part of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) must be willing to sacrifice a large part of their lives if they are called to a disaster area. They are never sure when they will be able to go home or speak to their families simply because they are desperately needed at the scene of the tragedy. This is what you are agreeing to once you sign up. If you can’t commit the time and effort to devote to this unit, then offer your services in another area of the Red Cross. They are always looking for volunteers for so many different projects they have going. The point is-do something! Any little thing you do means a lot more than you may think.

People rely on the helping hands of the Red Cross volunteers in times of need, and this organization never disappoints. Always there to help people try to get back on their feet, put their lives back together, offering kindness and understanding as well as medical care, food, shelter and essentials. These people genuinely care, and by volunteering in any aspect, you show that you care, too.

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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