The American Red Cross is a humanitarian foundation that provides aid to those in need across the USA. It is affiliated with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent foundations. Use this day to learn more about the foundation, its founder, its volunteers, and its programs.
Clara Barton spent time as a nurse in the Civil War. After the war, she volunteered as a nurse with the International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian war. When she returned to the states she started the American Red Cross in 1881. She was the first president of the organisation and led it for the next 23 years.