25 Facts About American Red Cross

1. The American Red Cross received its first US federal charter in 1900.

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2. In 2010, the American Red Cross wrote a check for $4.3 million to its sister organization the International Federation of the Red Cross for disaster preparedness work.

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3. American Red Cross stayed and worked for the Red Cross during wars.

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4. American Red Cross became acquainted with Frederick Douglass and became an activist for civil rights.

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5. The American Red Cross has continued to be an important organization, offering aid to millions affected by wars and disasters.

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6. The American Red Cross sent thousands of nurses overseas, helped organize the home front, established veterans hospitals, delivered care packages, organized ambulances, and even trained dogs to search for wounded.

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7. On January 5, 1905, the American Red Cross received a slightly revised congressional charter, under which the organization still operates today.

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8. American Red Cross is the only congressionally mandated organization to provide aid to victims of disaster and is responsible for fulfilling the mandates of the Geneva Convention within the United States.

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9. The American Red Cross puts special emphasis on disaster relief, services to the armed forces and veterans, and public health and safety programs.

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10. The American Red Cross was founded in 1881, and Barton served as its first president.

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11. With the onset of World War I, the American Red Cross Cross grew from 107 local chapters in 1914 to 3,864 in 1918.

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12. American Red Cross was established on May 21, 1881, in Washington, DC, by a nurse named Clara Barton and some of her acquaintances.

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13. American Red Cross dates its formal beginning to 1881, but it was active before that.

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14. The American Red Cross has played an enormously important historical role in supporting American troops in the two world wars and in ensuing conflicts.

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15. American Red Cross is a nonprofit agency with a long history of providing relief to individuals affected by war and natural disaster.

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16. American Red Cross provides disaster relief recovery for families and communities.

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17. American Red Cross is always in need of blood donations, even during the holiday season.

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18. The American Red Cross is always in need of blood donations, even during the holiday season.

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19. American Red Cross has launched First Aid for Opioid Overdoses—an online course to teach people how to respond to a known or suspected opioid overdose.

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20. The American Red Cross has more Hurricane Irma money for residents of the Florida Keys.

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21. The American Red Cross is providing one adult with financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials.

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22. The American Red Cross saying the best way you can do that is by making a financial donation by clicking here.

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23. American Red Cross is working to provide supporting shelters for anybody whose lost or evacuated their homes.

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24. As of November 2017, the American Red Cross scores three out of four stars in Charity Navigator and B+ at CharityWatch.

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25. American Red Cross, known as The American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States.

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