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  1. dear,wendy i love ur website [] it must have took a long time and hard work but i can barley find the history section of red cross and i love it that u really really really help people live life longer i think thats really cool and i want you to have alot of fun with that and help me if somthing goes wrong with my body and i wish you the best of luck on the next 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 for the next1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,009 days well the message is getting pretty long so seeya and i hope you type me soon well like i said typeya later peace……………………………good luck

  2. Got here from Claire’s comment on my blog about your efforts to plug into social media. Very glad to see Red Cross embracing these tools. You’re in my feed reader now.

    Good job!

  3. I live in London and got information about your website from South by South West website.Inspiring keep going

  4. 1. About how much of the amount have American Red Cross Organization have raised over this year?

    2. When did this organization take place and who started?

    3. How does it make you feel when you’re making a difference by helping so many lives?

    4. Out of what activities do you like more?

    5. What do you find most rewarding about working with this organization?

    Sorry i dont think my questions were answered right?

  5. i have worked with RED CROSS before,and loved helping people..the world has given us so much,would do it in a heart beat fact,i would love to go to Cambodia-to releave someone for three weeks or help out for three weeks.Also i worked for Katrina 2005 hurricane,daughter had surgery and i had to go back home.Laporte county Indiana chapter,now im in Ohio 43204. i was going to stay another 3 weeks. So, i hope Red Cross International gets this Terrance

  6. Dear Wendy,

    My name is Angeline Vo. I am currently in a class that blogs on social media and have found fascinating things about companies and charities utilizing social media to its benefits. I used the Red Cross as an example in my blog for my class project. If you have time, you can check out the post. But I was just wondering. I’m citing the American Red Cross Blog on my bibliography and I can seem to find a date for when the cite was constructed. You know on a website if you scroll down to the bottom there is the copyright, the association and the date of publication. I was wondering if you could tell me the date. I know it seems simple and probably not important, but it becomes useful to those who research on your organizations history of social media. Thanks so much! the blog looks great!

  7. Visionary leader Clara Barton is rolling in her grave right now. I just watched a local Seattle news cast, and it was reported that the American Red Cross was handing out food to shoppers waiting in line.

    This seems far from the nation’s premier emergency response organization’s mission. Shoppers are standing in line by choice, not due to an emergency. I believe the shoppers in line are suffering; however, not becasue of some disaster. Future disaster victims will suffer more because the Red Cross is waisting its donations on non-disaster activities.

  8. I would like to volunteer in a clean up mission for Haiti. Please contact I want to help.
    Tanya [personal information redacted]

  9. I received a request for donations for Haiti, from a David Meltzer, from Is this legit? I know there will be a lot of phony unscrupulous “Charities” collecting money for this effort. How can we be sure our donations are going to the true red cross?

  10. i have many questions to ask plz email me when you can plz im really happy that you guys went to halp haiti thanks . oh and plz email me back so i can tell you my questions.

  11. I appreciate what you’re doing here on the blog, as well as in the digital (and offline) world 🙂

    Like your presentations … a lot! And just recently I got an interest in non-profit social media connections… keep in touch.

  12. So I am only a freshman at my high school and I keep asking myself “what can I do? I’m only fourteen!” Then i thought of a really great idea. I’m not sure if anyone is already doing this but, I was thinking that maybe people could make care packages for people in Japan who lost their homes. They could consist of blankets, water bottles, canned foods, maybe some purell or soaps, and some clothes for people too. The care packages could be dropped off at your local Red Cross and shipped to Japan. Again it’s just an idea but I felt it would help a lot of people. Thanks

  13. This is a really cool idea. I think introducing social media into such a good cause that will bring the ARC into the new age!

    Well done

  14. So happy to see the redcross getting involved in social media and having a stronger online presence.

    I hope tons of people get involved and really band together to help the redcross in which every way they can.

    It’s really cool to know that even if we are sitting at home on our computers we can reach out and help in whatever way we can!

  15. My company visited one of your sites in Baltimore and it was really impressive and interesting. I thank the Red Cross for all that you do!

  16. Many heartfelt thanks to the americans who have come to high river, alberta, to help with the cleanup. One of your people was on our national news yesterday and had great things to say about canadians 🙂

  17. I am very concerned about Haiti. Years ago Jacque Costeau recommended solar cookers be given to haiti on a massive scale. This would eliminate deforestation, mudslides, polluted water, and many other problems caused by cutting trees for cooking fuel. Has this been considered?

  18. I live in the Fayetteville NC area and we where hit hard by the storm and i know Lumberton was also. Why don’t we put on a HURRICANE relief Golf tournament to raise money to help with the clean up. Im sure a local course here in fayetteville would love to be the host of that tournament to help out. I would be very happy to help promote and get the tournament set up. Please contact me back