American Red Cross of Mid-South

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

On this day in 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

Yesterday marked the 133 year anniversary of the founding of the American Red Cross. Thanks to Clara Barton, we can still be there for those in need, whether it is sending emergency communications to deployed service members or ensuring a family who has lost their home to fire has their immediate needs cared for, the Red Cross is there. Learn more about this heroic woman who created and shaped the American Red Cross into the organization it is today! Thanks @NEWRedCross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter for the great post!

American Red Cross Wisconsin Region

happy birthday Did you know that Clara Barton founded the Red Cross on May 21, 1881? That means the Red Cross is a strapping 133 years young. When Clara was only 10, her brother David fell off the roof of the family barn. At first, he seemed fine, but the next day he developed a headache and fever. The doctor diagnosed “too much blood” and prescribed the application of leeches to help draw out the extra blood. Clara took over as her brother’s nurse and spent two years at his bedside applying leeches (though David did not get any better until he tried an innovative “steam therapy” several years later). As a girl, Clara was shy and had a stutter, and her worried mother asked a phrenologist (phrenologists, who were fairly common in the 1800s, examined the bumps on a person’s skull as a way to determine their personality traits) to…

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