Eye on American Red Cross

Submitted by: Submitted by

Views: 347

Words: 1278

Pages: 6

Category: Societal Issues

Date Submitted: 09/15/2011 09:12 PM

Report This Essay

Eye on the American Red Cross

On September 11, 2001 our nation became victim to an act of aggression that left us somewhat traumatized, but still cohesive, in the face of tragedy. Thousands lost their lives; thousands more lost loved ones, jobs and security. Our fellow Americans bonded together in those great chords of love creating a desire in hearts to provide help in whatever way possible, to assist in reducing the pain. Some folks went to the sights of the attacks; others formed organizations to provide relief for the victims. A well-known icon of American charity and kindness quickly dominated the front pages.

The American Red Cross (ARC) has been this icon of relief assistance since 1881. Overwhelmingly Americans gave freely and in good faith. Knowledgeable estimates place gifts at one billion dollars and growing. The American Red Cross raised over $564 million of that amount. Celebrities who solicited donations for the charity vowed to the public that 100 percent of contributions would go to families of victims. Currently, only 121 million went directly to those affected by this attack on our nation.

What do we know about the American Red Cross?

An act of the United States Congress January 5, 1905, established the ARC for the primary purpose of furnishing volunteer aid to the sick and wounded of the Armed Forces in time of war. It would also carry on a system of national and international relief in time of peace and mitigate the suffering caused by fire, famine, floods and other great natural calamities. The mission of the organization expanded since then to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Other program activities include Armed Forces Emergency Services, Health and Safety Services, Disaster Services, Community Services, International Services and Biomedical Services. Biomedical Services includes activities associated with the collection, process, testing and distribution of whole blood and...