The Red Cross is a household name, but how much do you know about this organization? In honor of Red Cross Month, here are 10 interesting facts about the Red Cross.
- The Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton.
- The United States government has tasked the Red Cross with providing services to the armed forces and providing disaster relief around the world.
- The Red Cross relieves suffering of individuals, regardless of their nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
- The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest volunteer network found in 187 countries.
- By the end of World War I, almost a third of Americans had donated to the Red Cross or served as volunteers for the organization.
- 13.3 million pints of blood were collected by the Red Cross during World War II.
- When the Korean conflict ended in 1953, the Red Cross facilitated the transfer of nearly 90,000 prisoners of war.
- In 2018, the organization served over 8.2 million meals, provided over 290,000 overnight stays in shelters, distributed over 2.2 million relief items and made 188,000 health contacts.
- The Red Cross trains individuals in first aid, CPR, lifeguarding and certified nursing assistant training.
- There is a free museum dedicated to the Red Cross in Washington D.C. with tours on Wednesdays and Fridays.
If you would like to get involved with the Red Cross, go to their website to find out about volunteering, donating and giving blood.