Life’s Blood

The American Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters every year from single house fires to large-scale emergencies. Ninety-five percent of this amazing work is accomplished through volunteers with the other 5 percent being done by just 35,000 employees.

“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” —1 Peter 2:5

red cross waterAn average of more than 9 million people annually receive Red Cross training in first aid, water safety, and other skills that help save lives.

Some four million people give blood through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of red cross bloodblood and blood products in the United States. The Red Cross also helps thousands of U.S. military troops, separated from their families, to stay connected.

Since its inception in 1881 by Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s primary emergency-response organization, red crossoffering humanitarian care to victims of war and natural disasters. The goal is always the same: to prevent and relieve suffering.

Not connected to any government agency, an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian rc bloodservices and programs.

Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. That need requires more than 38,000 blood donations every day, making the American Red Cross’ indispensable role abundantly clear.

Much of our civilization is maintained through service, and in particular, volunteerism. If everyone who volunteers decided he or she was too busy or had better things to do, the world would be in dire trouble. You are a link in this vast chain of humanity. Your role is vital.

CREATOR GOD, the network of people throughout the world that connects us to each other and vital needs is an amazing work and only You could be at the center of it all.

A daily devotion fromstrength for service

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