Each day, thousands of people ... people just like you ... provide compassionate care to those in need. The American Red Cross network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.
The American Red Cross dedicated staff and its compassionate volunteers roll up their sleeves and donate time, money and blood. The American Red Cross people learn or teach life-saving skills so the communities it is involved with can be better prepared when the need arises. They do this every day because the Red Cross is needed - every day!
The American Red Cross aspires to turn compassion into action so that...
All people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope.
Our communities are ready and prepared for disasters.
Everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products.
All members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed.
In an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.
American Red Cross Founder
Clara Barton (1821 - 1912) ... recognized as a Great American Patriot by USA Patriotism! ... entered American and world history on an impulse ... She just couldn't stand to see the unalleviated suffering around her. Battle after battle in the Civil War left soldiers dying in town after town. Her continued efforts after the Civil War ... eventually resulted in the founding of the American Red Cross in 1881 at the the age of 60 ... leading it for the next 23 years.