The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Kimball Wednesday, July 31. The Bloodmobile is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261, and will be held at the Kimball Legion Clubrooms from noon to 6 p.m. Please consider donating blood for the many who need your help.
Here is some history about the Red Cross:
Clara Barton was first introduced to the global Red Cross network when she visited Switzerland. Inspired, she returned home and campaigned to bring the
U.S. into the Red Cross family. Finally, in 1861, Barton and a circle of associates founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.
In 1900, the Red Cross received its first congressional charter which set forth the purposes of the organization and remains in effect today. Barton led the Red Cross for 23 years and, during her tenure, the organization conducted its first domestic and overseas disaster relief efforts and aided the United States military during the Spanish-American War.
Prior to World War I, the Red Cross implemented it first educational programs, including water safety, First Aid and public health. With the outbreak of war, the organization experienced phenominal growth. The number of local chapters jumped from 107 to 3,864, and membership grew to more than
World War II called upon the Red Cross to provide extensive services once again. More than 104,000 nurses enrolled, and about 300,000 tons of supplies were shipped overseas. Upon request by the military, the Red Cross also initiated a national blood program which eventually expanded to civilians and today supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood.
Employees, volunteers, and supporters of the Red Cross continue to provide compassionate care in five critical areas: domestic disaster relief; support for members of the military; veterans and their families; collection, processing and distribution of blood products, health and safety education and training; and international relief and development.
The need for blood is constant. Summer is always a busy time and blood donations are down. If you can possibly find an hour of your time on July 31 to donate blood, please do.
You can call JoAnn at (320) 398-2691 to schedule an appointment.