The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley is today’s featured organization in the “12 Weeks of Christmas” program, and has been presented with a $1,000 donation from First Generation. The American Red Cross is an international humanitarian organization that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Additionally, the American Red Cross serves as the emergency communications link between armed forces personnel and their loved ones back home.
This organization began in 1862 when Henry Dunant, a young Swiss businessman, wrote a book about his time on an Italian battlefield where 40,000 troops were killed or wounded and left without help. This book led to the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Conventions, international treaties to protect war victims. The ICRC was introduced to America by Clara Barton, who learned about the organization during her visit to Europe after the Civil War. Upon her return, she founded the American Association of the Red Cross.
According to their website, the local Red Cross Chapter helps, on average, more than one family a day connect with a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine. They strive to enable members of the military to have an immediate connection with their loved ones back home in the Lehigh Valley. In times of dire emergency, the Red Cross can also supply grants to servicemen and women and their families to help them through a crisis. To learn more about the Red Cross’s Military Services, email the local chapter or call 610-865-4400.
The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley needs our support. Please visit the links below to learn how you can help in their emergency services efforts.
• Donate to the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley
• Volunteer for the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley
• Like the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley on Facebook
• Follow the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley on Twitter
• Shop the American Red Cross
Be sure to check back often to see who will be receiving the next donation from First Generation through the 12 Weeks of Christmas! Like First Generation on Facebook and follow @FirstGenCom on Twitter for more updates!
To learn more about First Generation, visit www.firstgencom.com.