Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
Several years ago Amy joined the Red Cross Celebrity Counsel to try to help raise awareness for the multi-faceted work the Red Cross does for communities all across America. She is also one of the founding members of the Red Cross Tiffany Circle and in 2009 will be the spokesperson for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
Many people are under the misconception that the Red Cross is a federally funded organization. It is not. It depends on donations and volunteers from all over. Every dime and every minute donated make a difference. For more information please visit www.redcross.org.