The American Red Cross was founded over 100 years ago by Clara Barton with the purpose of relieving human suffering. Today the nonprofit organization relies on the support of volunteer staff, who outnumber paid staff 45 to 1, to continue its humanitarian work. Saving lives by providing safe blood products to hospitals is just one of the many ways in which the Red Cross continues to meet the needs of the community.
Mission: 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. To fulfill the needs of the american people for the safest, most reliable and cost-effective blood services through voluntary donations. Each day, over 1000 citizens must donate blood in order to meet the needs of patients in hospitals throughout the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac region. Volunteers play a vital role in achieving this mission.
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