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Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.

Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

Houston Baptist University's branch of the American Red Cross is no different from the founding organization. We, too, offer services in the five areas mentioned above, through our annual Blood Drive with MD Anderson, the guests we invite to speak at our meetings, the citywide service events we participate in, the funds we raise for international disaster relief, and our annual campus-wide Health Fair, among many others. This organization is therefore a great way to obtain valuable leadership skills, become active in your local, national, and international community, and meet new people! 



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