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From the Archives: Red Cross Dogs

In honor of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we look back at the role of dogs in the Red Cross. While the American Red Cross did not use dogs during World War I, several foreign Red Cross societies employed dogs that greatly aided the Allied forces during the war. A number of these dogs were [...]

From the Archives: Women of the Motor Service

As Women’s History Month continues, we honor American Red Cross women in our second and final entry illustrating volunteer services dominated by women. This post will focus on the American Red Cross Motor Corps. The motor service was established in February 1918. Its mission was to transport the sick and wounded from troop trains to [...]

From the Archives: Women of the Canteen Service

March is Women’s History Month! And to celebrate it, we will be highlighting two volunteer services of the American Red Cross in which women played a predominant role. Our first post will cover the American Red Cross Canteen Service. During World War I, transportation difficulties and congestion at important railroad junctions often made it impossible [...]

From the Archives – President Kennedy and Red Cross

On the anniversary of his death, we remember President John F. Kennedy with this August 1962 image. He met with international youth delegates at the White House as part of the American Red Cross program, Operation VISTA (Visit of International Students to America). The program brought 112 youth delegates from 42 countries to the United [...]

From the Archives – Victory Book Campaign

In November 1941, the American Red Cross, the United Service Organizations (USO) and the American Library Association (ALA) formed the Victory Book Campaign (originally named the National Defense Book Campaign). This nationwide campaign’s goal was for the public to donate books as reading material for members of the armed forces. The books would supplement the [...]

From the Archives – Junior Red Cross News

Here is a fall-themed cover of the Junior Red Cross News from October, 1937. Sent to classrooms across the United States, the Junior Red Cross News first appeared in 1919 and became very popular among American youth. Junior Red Cross News carried reports of Red Cross youth in other countries, human interest stories, and articles [...]

From the Archives – Motherland

Many are curious about the statue of a mother protectively embracing her child, located on the lawn outside the American Red Cross National Headquarters at 430 17th Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. “Motherland” is a bronze sculpture created by Armenian sculptor Frederic Sogoyan and given to the American Red Cross in 1991 as a gift [...]

Forever Thankful

This post was written by Elizabeth Cottle, who works for the Red Cross Alabama Central Gulf Coast region as an Apheresis Donor Recruiter as well as at blood drives. In her off time, she raises awareness about the importance of saving lives with the American Red Cross. In the Mid-1980′s, my Dad and Uncle were [...]

From the Archives – The Hartford Circus Fire

On July 6, 1944, in Hartford, CT, a flame ignited the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus big top tent during the afternoon show. The fire started along the side wall near the main entrance. The canvas circus tent, coated in gasoline and paraffin to repel water, was extremely flammable and within minutes the entire [...]

From the Archives…Life Boats and Lifesaving

In November 1942, at Daytona Beach, Florida, selected members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) stationed at the 2ndTrainingCenter were appointed to the Life Guard Corps to guard the beaches allotted to the women for swimming and relaxing in their off-duty hours. The training center command asked the Red Cross to give the women [...]