How can we as Americans, help the American Red Cross? (by Elektra Flint)


I have chosen this question, because I believe that we must find the way to inform Americans about the reality of the need of resources by the American Red Cross.

When I talked about need, I am not just referring to blood donations, but also other areas that this non-governmental entity needs in order to operate. The American Red Cross needs volunteers for positions like front desk, appointment center, Phlebotomy Technicians, Doctors, Nurses, HR, Trainers, speakers, accounting and especially blood donors.

I would like to tell you a little bit about my experience volunteering for the Red Cross. I work as volunteer at the Portland Donor Center, in the Apheresis Department At Portland Oregon. While working there, I have noticed that blood donation has been so slow that nurses have step-up to donate blood. I have also, noticed, the need of blood from other races as well as from younger people. New modern equipment is another need. Because of all this observations, I would like to invite you to be part of this Global Miracle that is The American Red Cross. I you like to donate blood, please call 800-RED-CROSS. Or go on line to Http:// you can also find information on how to donate, and/or become a volunteer in the same webpage.

The beginning of the American Red Cross History

[Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War]. Today the Red Cross has helped billions of people, and saved billions of lives throughout the world.

Works Cited

Delano, Jane A. “”The red Cross.”.” “The Red Cross.” American Journal of Nursing 1911: 626-8.

Irwin, Julia F. Making the World Safe:. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2013.

Here, I would like to give you an example of organizations under the umbrella of the International committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) an international humanitarian movement that is an extension of the Red Cross-, comprise by approximately 97 million volunteers. These volunteers goal is helping disaster victims around the world. They provide everything from medicine, blankets, food, and shelter. For (ICR) Americans donations are critical in order to operate.


[The American Red Cross reported that it is supporting efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thanks to the donation of $2.8 million from the Paul G. Allen Foundation.] This Article talks about the help the American Red Cross was able to give thanks to the donation of a very important Foundation. The article goes on explaining how the donation will be use in areas of outbreak to control it and to assist the epidemiological investigation. You can see that Research is another focus area for the American Red Cross. In addition of the help from big organizations, The American Red Cross need the help of all the Americans. Please remember that disasters can happen in any area of the world. We urge you to help us, so that if it happens at home we are ready to help.

This area focuses on explaining the help given by the Red Cross during disasters

And below is a link that shows in more detail how the Red Cross helped in disaster areas and explains other areas of work as well.

The question:

How Can you help The American Red Cross?”

You can help by becoming volunteer, donating blood, and making donations.

We invite you to be part of our team of volunteers. The American Red Cross is looking for help. We need a new generation of blood donors, donors, and volunteers.

Here is what The American Red Cross does for you. What can you do for The American Red Cross? Together, we can make the difference.

Works Cited

cross, American Red. red-cross-what-we-do. American Red Cross. 24 November 2014.

Delano, Jane A. “”The red Cross.”.” “The Red Cross.” American Journal of Nursing 1911: 626-8.

Inc., Close-Up Media. “American Red Cross Supports Ebola Fight in West Africa.” Health & Beauty Close – Up. (2014pNA).

Irwin, Julia F. Making the World Safe:. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2013.



  1. Lindsey Brown

    I think you did a great job with your research. And your personal experience was really great. What a good topic to write about and have an experience with! Especially with the Ebola crisis going on, it was definitely a relevant topic in our world today.
    I like that you mentioned how no one showed up to give blood so the nurses were setting up to donate themselves. I think that was such a powerful statement. It really proved your point on how this needs to be a issue nation wide and that more people need to help with this stuff.
    Great job!

  2. Elektra Flint

    Thanks Linsey, your comment is very important, and appreciated.

  3. Emily Bush


    I have enjoyed reading your work throughout the term. I thought this was a great topic and not a lot of people know about what they can do to help! Your research was very helpful in providing evidence for what you were researching. You did a great job on this assignment.

    Every time I have tried to give blood I have passed out or gotten sick, so I am not able to donate blood. It is nice to know that there are many other ways I can help out the Red Cross. I will defiantly go to the Red Cross website and see what all I can do do help. Thank you for your input on this topic! It sounds like you had a nice time volunteering for the Red Cross. I appreciate the links you provided so I can follow them to figure out what my next step will be in helping.



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