Happy Birthday Roch. Red Cross

The Rochester Chapter of the Red Cross was formed on this date (3 Oct.) in 1881.

Clara Barton is the person who pushed to form the American Red Cross which was organized in her apartment in Washington, DC on May 21, 1881. It was then decided to make local chapters of the Red Cross. The first local chapter was formed in Dansville, NY on August 22, 1881. That also happened to be the other place of residence of Ms. Barton.

On Oct. 1, 1881 Ms. Barton came to Rochester and suggested that a local chapter be formed. Then just two days later the Rochester Chapter #2 of the Red Cross was formed by Ms. Barton with the help of Susan B. Anthony.

The Rochester Chapter offers first aid and CPR training classes. They have someone go to every house fire in Monroe County to offer aid including help with temporary housing. They collect and distribute blood. They send volunteers to national natural disasters and run shelters during local disasters like the 1991 ice storm.

In order to be prepared for any emergency, they need to have food, medicine, etc. stockpiled beforehand. So donations are needed now for the next emergency. You can donate to the Rochester Chapter or if you want you can donate on the American Red Cross site. Also you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic donation of $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.