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The American Red Cross

Updated on November 14, 2012

Imagine your house destroyed, your loved one’s severly injured or missing and everything you’ve owned gone. These events have actually happened to people that have been involved in natural disasters across America. Upon these events happening, many organizations have been formed, in order to support those that needed help such as the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is a charitable organization that utilizes the generosity of citizens to provide shelter, educational classes, supply blood, health programs, and disaster services.

According to, the American Red Cross was formed on May 21, 1881. This organization was formed by Clara Barton and her acquaintances. The organization was formed to help with disaster relief, aid the United States army and campaign for relief work. The organization grew due to the outbreak of war and decided to include water safety and health nursing programs. The American Red Cross began to expand across the United States, as citizens began to volunteer and more nurses became involved within the organization.

Moreover, the American Red Cross has offered shelter to around 15,000 adults and children after there has been a disaster. These statistics show that the American Red Cross provides relief, support, and shelter to those that are now homeless and without food. It is necessary for everyone to receive food, water, and shelter, in order to survive. Without the American Red Cross, these people wouldn’t receive the necessary help that they deserve. This organization helps people in many ways despite the damage that is done to them, their family members, and their personal belongings. The purpose of the Red Cross is to protect those and guide those individuals, who have been hurt or injured from the loss that has occurred. There purpose is meaningful and achieves a lot by giving individuals hope and encouragement that their lives will be okay and that in the long run, it will improve.

Similarly, the American Red Cross provides educational classes for adults and for young children. These classes range from classes about nutrition and diseases to classes about lifesaving and safety prevention. According to the World Encyclopedia, the American Red Cross also provides classes such as accident prevention and preparation for adulthood. The American Red Cross is organized, thorough, and caring in helping others to achieve there highest quality of life. Despite these individuals no longer having the items they once owned, the American Cross inspires these people that they can move one with their lives and that they can still achieve the same goals that they once set for themselves. The work and the amount of care that the American Red Cross shows that they are here to continue making the lives of the people more comfortable and a little bit more easier.

Likewise, along with providing shelter and classes, the American Red Cross supplies blood to millions and millions of people throughout the United States. According to the Red Cross, four million people donate blood to the organization providing for forty percent of the United States blood supply. This statistic is significant in knowing how important the American Red Cross is and that they save thousands and thousands of lives each year. Without the donation of blood from us Americans, these lives that need the blood wouldn’t be saved. It is necessary to protect and help those lives that need us. The American Red Cross is original and credible due to the centers they have set up across the United States, the blood that they have given to hospitals, the shelter and food that they have provided for victims, and the rescues they have done with people hindered due to tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

In addition, the health programs that the American Red Cross has set up are necessary in teaching children and adults safety, living a healthy lifestyle, and nutrition. These classes help these individuals gain more knowledge about themselves and to show them how to make healthy choices. The American Red Cross shows families what to do, in case there is another natural disaster. They inform them that the best decision to make is to evacuate the premises ahead of time before the disaster is suppose to strike. Therefore, they are saving their own lives along with any relatives lives. The health programs ensure that we are informed and prepared, in case something else happens. If another natural disaster is to occur, then they will be prepared and ready.

Over the years, according to, the American Red Cross has responded to approximately 2,500 fires, blackouts, floods and other emergencies. According to, the American Red Cross helps alot in fire prevention and other disaster services. Due to high tides and electricity, fires quickly spread, damaging houses, cars, and anything else in its path. The American Red Cross acts fast in trying to stop these fires and preventing any other destruction that may occur. The prevention of these disasters saves millions of dollars in damage and overall prevents a mass amount of repairs that have to be done in order to reconstruct buildings, houses, etc.

In conclusion, the American Red Cross is beneficial and credible due to the lives they have saved, the homes they have rebuilt, the education they provide, and they shelter and food they have generously given to these victims. According to Sue Barlow, who I’ve given an interview to last week, The American Red Cross is based on 96 percent volunteers and 4 percent paid staff because this organization is run on donated dollars. This meaning that the more people that volunteer and donate, the more help the American Red Cross receives and they can continue to work to help others in their time of need. In other words, the less money the American Red Cross spend themselves the more money they can spend on people that need to be aided. I know the best way to help the American Red Cross is to become involved. They are run solely on volunteers and they appreciate all of the help that they receive. The best way to get involved is to donate blood, donate money, fundraise, and taking a class in order to advocate to others about an amazing organization that needs their help called the American Red Cross.


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    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 5 years ago

      Thank you and yes i have interviewed someone from the Red Cross. She told me about the amazing programs they have for volunteers. This organization is a great place for people to help others and to get involved.

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida


      A great job of researching and writing about the American Red Cross. I enjoyed your hub.

      Have you ever interviewed a member of the Red Cross? Have you ever been on the scene when they were helping people?

      Merry Christmas,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @AliciaC thank you for your compliment and i feel the same as you do about the American Red Cross.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for describing the great work done by the Red Cross! It's a wonderful organization, and its members are very helpful during an emergency.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @Becky Puertz - thank you for reading and enjoying my hub.

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      Becky 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      The Red Cross is a great American Institution that has come to the aid of so many people throughout America and the world on many levels. I respect and admire their efforts and work.

      On a personal level; they came to my aid two years ago when my house burned down. I was in shock but they apparently had seen this so many times before that they just took over, gently nudging me in the right directions to take care of things. Not only did they take care of temporary housing, clothing and other personal needs but continually hugged me throughout the next few weeks. So my conclusion is that not only are they a wonderful professional organization but are a deeply caring group of personally involved individuals who really care stand ready to help and comfort in so many ways.

      P.S. I like your writing style and look forward to reading more of your work soon. :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      They do a great job, as do the English red cross over here. thank goodness for them especially when there is a disaster around the world, they have saved thousands of lives, great hub and voted up! nell

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      thank you for reading and im happy you enjoyed my hub

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Yes, the American Red Cross is always there when disaster strikes and are often allowed into areas very few can access. Great Hub - voted up nd I'm a fan.