"A raging fire has caused the evacuation of several buildings and the Red Cross is on the scene." How many times have you heard something like that on a radio or tv news report? Not only fires, but earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and all kinds of disasters, bring out the American Red Cross.
A wonderful nurse by the name of Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, DC on May 21, 1881 and she led the organization for 23 years. You might not know that the American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and it relies heavily on volunteers and on donations. It is part of the world's largest volunteer network found in 187 countries. Its presence in times of disaster makes a huge difference in the lives of those effected.
Want to help them? Well, as I said, volunteers and money help a lot. You can find out more about the organization and you can find out about donating or volunteering on their website. Go to http://www.redcross.org/ - click on the many links there. You will find a lot of touching stories.
The Red Cross truly makes a difference. Lend them a hand!