American Red Cross
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Name of founder: Clara Barton
Year founded: 1881
Mission: The American Red Crossis a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and education inside the United States as part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
- Nationwide network of 800 chapters and Blood Services regions
- More than one million volunteers and thirty thousand employees
- Rendered aid in response to more than sixty-seven thousand disasters
- Trained almost twelve million people in lifesaving skills
- Facilitated the exchange of more than one million emergency messages to U.S. military service members and their families
- Supplied blood and blood products to more than three thousand hospitals
- Blood and blood products generate more than $2 billion of the organization's annual revenue, which is more than $6 billion
Profile: The American Red Cross provides domestic disaster relief and offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
To donate, volunteer, or get otherwise involved, please visit the organization's website.
–Huntington W. Sharp, Editor, Homepage & Special Projects, Red Room
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