In honor of my 5th month here at the Red Cross, I wanted to share with you 5 things that I didn’t know about the Red Cross before I started working here. Hopefully, I have included some things that you may not have known.
1. The American Red Cross has been around since 1881, making the organization 129 years old!
2. A very important figure in the history of the Red Cross is Henry Dunant. His book A Memory of Solferino inspired the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1963. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and other situations of violence.
3. The American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces operates an around the clock world wide communication service, allowing the family members of service men and women to reach their deployed relative in case of an emergency.
4. Our Chapter has an Auxiliary Board and Society, comprised of young active professionals that organize fundraising events and support the Greater Chicago Red Cross.
5. The Red Cross has a “Safe and Well” website where individuals who have been affected by a disaster can register as “safe and well”. This site notifies their family and friends of their well being.
Submitted by Rachael Garcia, Resource Development