March is Red Cross Month

Posted: March 3, 2015 in Charities, Community Outreach, News
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American Red Cross, Red Cross Day, Clara Barton

The American Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency. It depends on volunteers and the generosity of people to perform their mission. Since World War II, every president has designated the month of March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United states, and in association with other Red Cross networks around the world.

According to RedCross.org, 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.

The Red Cross received their first congressional charter in 1900 and a second in 1905, the year after Barton resigned from the organization. The most recent version of the charter, which was adopted in May 2007, restates the traditional purposes of the organization, which includes giving relief to and serving as a medium of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families. The organization also provides national and international disaster relief and mitigation.

I request that during that month (March) our people rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.
–President Franklin D. Roosevelt, first Presidential Proclamation of March as Red Cross Month, 1943

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