Red Cross Involvement In Wwii Red Cross Involvement In WWII The Red Cross is a group organization, which consists mostly of volunteers that help the needy and the hurt. In the beginning of World War II, when it was just announced that we were at war with the Japanese the doors of the Red Cross opened to thousands of new volunteers that wanted to help the American soldiers. To ease the discomfort of civilians being drafted, the Red Cr0oss decide to turn towards social workers and recreational specialists. (Comptons Interactive Encyl.) The Red Cross helped keep Americans calm during this war but soon, the Cold War Era began and made it difficult to work with. The American Red Cross successfully met the challenges of war and peace as it established a blood program. (Comptons Interactive Encyl.) This blood program was requested by the U.
S.Army and Navy. During the four-year period, starting at 1941 in New York City, 6.6 million donors gave blood to help their soldiers. As the blood donors increased during the war, new centers opened and Army and Navy asked the Red Cross for greater amounts of blood. (Comptons Interactive Encyl.
) The Red Cross also helped refugees reunite with their familys already living in the U.S. by setting up posts where you could look for names of the loved ones you are missing and see if they have made it back to the U.S. Many youths were in need of clothes and food so the Red Cross supplied what they could from the donations they received to the young people in need.The Nurses Aide Corps was an only volunteer organization to help meet the emergency needs of the civilian population.
It played a significant role in building up community health defense during a time when there was a shortage of nurses and medical personnel. (Comptons Interactive Encyl.) Before the attack on Pearl Harbor the Red Cross practiced emergency calls so the nurses and first aid teams can set up station soon after the calls for help are made.
Within minute of the first attack Red Cross members were on the scene using techniques they had learned during war drills. (redcross.org) That helped them save many lives and start on the right foot.The Red Cross made an Americans Junior Red Cross that helped many kids stay healthy and active during the war. By doing this they set up centers under the supervision of teachers, produce articles for men in the war. Boys in carpentry classes made games for the sick soldiers or clothes hooks and magazine stands for naval hospitals. Girls in sewing class knitted and sewed items for soldiers.
(redcross.org) The children of America made boxes of gifts for the children in Europe helping to promote international friendliness. The Red Cross was obviously the organization that helped us keep healthy and win the war. Although many people died, the Red Cross helped save more than anyone could think.Without the Red Cross and the Millions of donors and volunteers I dont think we would have won that war. Bibliography Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia www.redcross.org History Reports.