The American National Red Cross is the 13th largest charity in the U.S., as ranked by private donations; in 2014, they received $687 million in private donations. While that may seem like a lot, consider that 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, in some of the toughest circumstances, the American Red Cross provides relief for families and communities.
Founded in 1881 by a nurse named Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances, it was originally formed to aid men wounded on the battlefield. However, it has since taken on a larger mission, and offers aid in situations such as earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters. Their mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
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