On Wednesday, April 27, 2011 one of the largest outbreaks of tornado's swept through 13 southern and Midwestern states killing over 300 people and caused billions of dollars in destruction. Images that flooded the news were devastating and heart breaking. People interviewed described their fear and loss, the loss of their homes and possessions that took years to accumulate, were all gone.
That's when the Red Cross comes to pay a visit. Disasters can happen in an instant. Like the tsunami in Japan, tornado's in the south, or a fire in your home. People are at a loss, in shock, and need help.
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton (who was a nurse), the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.
What can you do?
· Give Blood
Do what you can when you can, you never know if you may be the next one who needs their services.