Clara Barton is remembered as the founder of the American Red Cross and for her work as a battlefield nurse during the . During the late 19th century she routinely traveled to disaster zones, helping victims of floods and fires find medical help and shelter.
May 21 marks the founding of the American Red Cross. Over its 133-year history, it has provided a wide menu of services to help the needy, disaster victims, military personnel and their families. The American Red Cross is also a major participant in the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products, the development of educational programs on health, preparedness and safety, and, in partnership with other affiliate organizations of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, relief and development efforts all over the world.
The American Red Cross provides disaster relief, emergency assistance and education within the United States. But who founded the American Red Cross? This post will answer that question and then tell you a few interesting facts about the American Red Cross.
Note: Test your knowledge: How did Clara Barton's experiences during the Civil War convince her that America needed a Red Cross society? At what age did Clara first learn about the International Red Cross? How old was she when she founded the American Red Cross?