American Red Cross facts for kids
|American Red Cross|
|Formation||May 21, 1881|
|Legal status||Instrumentality of the United States and a body corporate and politic|
|Headquarters||American Red Cross National Headquarters
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Region served||United States|
|President||Gail J. McGovern|
|Main organ||Board of Governors|
The American Red Cross (ARC), also known as The American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian group that gives emergency assistance, disaster relief, and teaches people how to prepare for disasters in the United States. It is the official US group related to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the United States movement to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The groups offers services and developments programs.
Clara Barton (1821–1912) created the American chapter after learning of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1869, she went to Europe and became involved with the International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War. She wanted to bring the group to America.
Recent presidents and CEOs include Gail McGovern, Elizabeth Dole, Bernadine Healy, Mary S. Elcano, Mark W. Everson and John F. McGuire.
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