Appreciation and Awareness: Red Cross Month
By Siera Millard
Picture by Olean Times Herald
Every year, the world and its inhabitants are devastated by tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods, not to mention the car crashes, accidents, and other daily occurrences. Without the help of disaster relief services, governments, militaries, and various other sources, the world would not be able to recover from natural and human disasters. The Red Cross is one such organization that works tirelessly to help. From the local scenes to global ones, the Red Cross stretches across the world, and is located not only in the United States.
In 1881, tenacious Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. She said, “You must never so much think as whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not; you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it” (A Quote). Once a civil war nurse dubbed the “angel of the battlefield,” brave Barton continued her selfless service after returning from a trip to Europe and founded the Red Cross here after discovering it in Geneva, Switzerland. She served faithfully and dutifully as president for about twenty years before resigning. This is an astonishing feat, especially at a time when women’s rights and involvement in management were abysmal.
Since Barton founded this humanitarian organization, it has become one of the most well-known in the nation. On a daily basis they help all areas of the military, blood supply, disaster relief and preparation, and much more. Through the dedication of numerous volunteers, Clara Barton’s legacy thrives.
This month is Red Cross month - four weeks to celebrate the volunteers of the Red Cross and to raise awareness to others of their own volunteering abilities. Even at age 16, YOU can donate blood with parent’s permission or become a volunteering member of selfless service.
This month, donate blood and save up to three lives with just an hour spent of your time. This month, volunteer with the Red Cross and become a member. This month, give back to this great community, nation, and world that we live in.
“Red Cross Urgently Needs Blood Donations before Summer Ends.” Olean Times Herald, 13
“A Quote by Clara Barton.” Goodreads, Goodreads,