Continuing Clara Barton’s First Mission

SAF Red Cross Before there ever was an American Red Cross, founder Clara Barton worked on her first mission: providing medical supplies, clothing, and comfort items to soldiers during the Civil War. Despite the common misconception that the Red Cross is only after your blood like a thirsty vampire, there are, in fact, several other important aspects of the mission, which the Red Cross is passionate and dedicated to. One of these important undertakings is our disaster relief, including service to the armed forces.

Here in southern Missouri, we take the mission “to prevent and alleviate human suffering” very seriously. This is why we hold our Run for REDiness & March for Military each year, raising money to ensure these vital services continue. In less than two-weeks – on June 21, 2014 – we will be holding our annual 5k run and 1 mile march at the Cox North Fitness Center in the parking lot on the corner of Jefferson and Lynn in Springfield, MO. While service members, past and present, run for free, those wishing to support our service members will want to pre-register for guarantee of t-shirt and $25 registration fee. Runners and walkers will start the certified course at 7:30 am with same day registration starting at 6:30.

How will your money help Red Cross’ mission to support disaster relief, including service to the armed forces?

  1. Disaster relief encompasses daily response to home fires, where your dollars provide for emergency needs of shelter, clothing, and food. Additionally, Red Cross caseworkers help with more specialized services such as financial, legal, and mental health for disaster survivors. These same needs are met for military personnel in all capacities; active duty, reserves, and veterans needs are confidentially and professionally handled by the Red Cross. Our local Red Cross offices in southern Missouri maintain relationships with community partners to provide greater support to our neighbors including service members and their families.
  2. Red Cross is the only organization entrusted by our military to provide emergency communication services to military family. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and no matter where the service member is in the world, Red Cross is there to deliver notification of an emergency such as a death or serious illness in the service member’s immediate family – this communication link, information and financial assistance brings peace of mind to service members and their families.
  3. Red Cross also provides classes to help the whole family through the practical and emotional challenges of deployment. Coping with deployment, pre-deployment preparedness, and post-deployment support are some of the topics Red Cross covers in these seminars.

If you’d like to learn more about Red Cross’ commitment to the armed forces, please watch this video featuring many members of our military. Or, watch Cpt. Eddings of Springfield explain the importance of Red Cross’ services to the armed forces. He also gives a shout out to our 5k run and 1 mile march!

You will not want to miss this! Support our military men and women by registering and running; spread the love to your friends on Facebook by joining the event!

Check out event photos from last year here. To learn how you can be a part of this event and get registration information, contact Shawn Gallagher at Shawn.Gallagher2@RedCross.Org or call 417-832-9500 ext. 3132 – Fax 417-866-3649.

Written by: Elijah Kliensmith, Red Cross Communication Intern

Photo courtesy: American Red Cross

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