American Red Cross Giving Day is observed every fourth Wednesday in March and this year, it falls on March 22. American Red Cross Giving Day is an opportunity for people to come together and support and help the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross was created to help whoever was in need, without any discrimination. The organization was created to provide support and assistance to the wounded on the battlefield and endeavors both nationally and internationally to prevent and alleviate suffering wherever it is found.
History of American Red Cross Giving Day
First established in June 2015, the American Red Cross Giving Day strives to bring people together to support those in need. It is a day to bring in public support for humanitarian aid in whichever way possible. They accept donations as well as volunteers and even teach people how to save lives. They train people to be able to administer first aid treatment to victims in various kinds of situations so that they are equipped to save lives if the need arises.
Henry Dunant started the international Red Cross and the Red Crescent movement in 1863. Dunant was upset by the loss of lives during the 1859 Battle of Solferino. He proposed national relief societies, which would be made up of volunteers trained during peacetime to provide neutral and impartial help to those in need, bringing relief during times of war. A committee was established in Geneva and the charter for the Red Cross was drawn up in 1863. Later, he proposed that countries adopt an international agreement that would recognize the status of medical services and the wounded on the battlefield. This was the original Geneva Convention, and it was adopted in 1864.
Soon the British Red Cross came into being. In August 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, a resolution was passed for the formation of the British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded. In 1905, it was renamed the British Red Cross.
American Red Cross Giving Day timeline
Saddened by war, Henry Dunant proposes the creation of national relief societies.
Dunant proposes an international agreement between countries that recognizes the status of wounded and sick soldiers during wartime, allowing them access to medical services.
British Red Cross and Order of St. John joins hands to form Joint War Organisation during World War I.
Red Cross ambulance crews assist the sick and wounded during wartime.
American Red Cross Giving Day FAQs
What does the American Red Cross do?
It provides relief for victims of disasters and prepares for emergencies.
What percentage of Red Cross money goes to victims?
Around 90.4% of the Red Cross’s money goes towards helping communities and providing aid to people.
What does the Red Cross stand for?
The symbol of the Red Cross stands for protection.
How to Observe American Red Cross Giving Day
Donate in whichever capacity you can to the noble cause. It is a great day for humanity, and monetary help is of vital importance.
Spend some time on the grounds and see how the Red Cross works ardently to help those in need. You will save lives and also get trained in first aid administration.
Spread the message
It is equally important that people understand the grave work done by Red Cross and join the movement. Be the message bearer and inform people.
5 Facts About The American Red Cross
It was founded by Clara Barton
The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton.
It provides most of the nation's blood
It provides over 45% of the nation’s blood supply.
First Red Cross Month declared by Roosevelt
In 1943, March was declared Red Cross Month by Franklin D. Roosevelt, then president of the United States.
It supports other organizations in America
The American Red Cross aside from supporting individuals in need also supports more than 1,000 organizations in the U.S.
Teaching C.P.R. and first aid
The goal of the American Red Cross is to teach one person per American household C.P.R. and first aid.
Why American Red Cross Giving Day is Important
It is a day to help people
We celebrate the habit of helping people and learn various ways to improve the standard of living for many people. We encourage eliminating bias and stereotypes when offering help to people.
It’s an opportunity to become part of the Red Cross and its humanitarian activities
It is a great opportunity to be part of the Red Cross for even a day and to contribute to the good of humanity. Volunteering at the Red Cross gives incredible insight into the world.
It supports humanitarian aid
It’s all about fostering giving to those who need help. It is a noble contribution toward promoting the welfare of humanity.
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