The American Red Cross, Responding to Need

American Red Cross

By Karen Morgan

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them. – Clara Barton (Wikipedia)

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that was founded by a nurse, Clara Barton and her associates in 1821. The organization has evolved over time and remains critically relevant. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross responds to home fires, floods, and other natural disasters; prevents deaths and injuries through preparedness and training; supports local members of the military and their families, and reconnects families separated by conflict or disaster. The American Red Cross collects, processes and distributes blood. It provides local and international relief when disaster strikes.

Its supporters, volunteers and employees will attest to the many opportunities for one to become part of this organization. Learning CPR, artificial resuscitation, aquatic skills, life guarding, water safety, babysitting skills, and many more courses are offered by The American Red Cross. Courses can be completed on-line or in person. Knowing how and when to react to an emergency is a life skill with immeasurable value.

Won’t you give the gift of life and support the American Red Cross? It certainly supports us all when we are in the face of need. For more information, call 336-679-7225 or (800) 234-1646, or visit

Karen Morgan is Relationship Manager, Private Wealth division, Allegacy Federal Credit Union.


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