HELP THE HUNGRY: The money is divided equally between the two food pantries in Farmington: the Ministerial Alliance and the St. Vincent Dé Paul organizations. They've been doing this bake sale for five years. Combined, it's made over 64,000 dollars. The first year the fund raiser made around 10,000 dollars. The fourth year, 24,000 dollars was raised. Every year the Help the Hungry bake sale makes more money. Chris Landrum, the director, had seen the great American Bake Sale, and she always wanted to do that for the community. The great American Bake Sale raises money to feed children in after-school programs but when Landrum researched it, she found that if there was a bake sale in Farmington the money would be sent to St. Louis, so our kids would not be fed. So she just decided not to do a Great American Bake sale, but to do our own community bake sale so the money could stay right here, locally. The food pantry served anybody in the 63640 area and people are referred from east Missouri action agency to one of the two foot pantries.


THE RED CROSS: Its is a organization that has volunteers. It provides help people prevent and respond quickly to emergencies. The volunteers are all around the world. They can be in your town, a different state, or even at your school. They also have very good leadership. They want to make sure that you and your family is in good health. The Red Cross have many people from different places coming to help and having people giving blood for people that need it more then they do.
The Red Cross is a medical aid organization founded in 1881 by Clara Barton. Ever since its establishment, the Red Cross has been known as our nation's primary emergency response organization. The American Red Cross is not only an aid to wounded soldiers in battle, but also victims of devastating natural disasters. The American Red Cross is the largest supply of blood products used for medical reasons in the entire United States. To be able to do what the Red Cross does they rely heavily on the encouraging volunteers that daily offer their time working for the cause of the Red Cross. They have over half a million volunteers and over 30,000 employees. If you are looking for a way to make a difference, be a part of your community, or just looking for a way to be able to help others around you, The Red Cross is perfect. While getting people prepared for how to prepare and respond to emergencies, they're also out saving the lives of ones who need it the most. The Red Cross daily touches lives of many different people through the amazing work that they do.
We contacted Red Cross spokesperson Katie Pratt via email at the American Red Cross headquarters in St. Louis, MO and asked her some questions.

1. What does the Red Cross do? (mission statement?)
2. When do you give aid?
3. How do people contact you to get help?
4. How is the local community involved with the Red Cross?
5. Are you called to help from places around the world or just locally?
6. How often and where do you have blood drives?
7. How often is the Red Cross in your area call to help?
8. Who owns the Red Cross?
9. Why is it called the American Red Cross and what is its history?

The Red Cross Mission The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

About Red Cross Emergency Services at the St. Louis Area Chapter
The American Red Cross provides immediate assistance with food, clothing, shelter and other critical needs in the wake of disasters and emergencies. The Red Cross is able to respond 24/7 and provide a vast array of programs and services throughout the region due to the dedication of thousands of volunteers who give freely of their time. All Red Cross disaster relief assistance is free, thanks to generous public support. For more information about volunteer opportunities, emergency services or a variety of other programs provided by the organization, the public can call 314.516.2800, or log on to the St. Louis Area Chapter's website at www.redcrossstl.org.

About the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter and How the Community Supports the Chapter:
Founded in 1917, the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter celebrates 94 years of dedicated service, providing emergency relief and preparedness training more than 373,000 times each year. The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and depends on the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors to provide a wide range of community support services, including disaster relief, first aid and CPR training, water safety, services to military personnel and support for blood services. The Chapter, a proud United Way agency, provides programs and services to St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County in Missouri, as well as Monroe, St. Clair (including Scott Air Force Base), Clay, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper and part of Madison County in Illinois. All disaster relief services are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of the American people. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the St. Louis Area Chapter at 314.516.2800 or www.redcrossstl.org.

About the American Red Cross National Organization
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.

The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors across the street, across the country, and across the world in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors, familiar and new, the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through nearly 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world.

Some four million people give blood the gift of life through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. And the Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 186 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people.

An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

The American National Red Cross is headquartered in Washington, Gail J. McGovern is President and CEO, and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is Chairman of the Board of Governors.

How the American Red Cross Helps Internationally
American Red Cross International Services helps vulnerable people and communities around the world prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and health emergencies by mobilizing the power of the world's largest humanitarian network, made up of 186 Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies and more than 97 million volunteers. In all our work, we abide by the seven fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Working with our partners around the globe, the American Red Cross helps to build the local capacities of our sister Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, collaborates with those to train and organize volunteers and educate communities, and establishes partnerships with other public and private organizations to strengthen and complement our core international services and initiatives.

About American Red Cross Biomedical Services
American Red Cross Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation's health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing more than 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to some 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross also plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood. It has been among the first to help develop and implement testing for infectious diseases and is frequently the single major contributor to clinical trials to improve blood safety. Providing life-saving blood and blood products to patients is a key component of the Red Cross mission to help people in times of emergency and disasters.
Today, each year, the Red Cross collects 6.5 million units of blood from approximately 4 million donors nationwide, and distributes over 9 million blood products for transfusion. In addition to being the single largest supplier of blood in the U.S., the Red Cross is a leader in research and testing to protect the safety of the blood supply. The Red Cross was among the first to develop and implement testing for many infectious diseases including, HIV, hepatitis B and C viruses, West Nile virus, and more recently the agent of Chagas disease. The Red Cross also operates the first-of-its-kind nationwide hemovigilance program to examine donor and patient adverse reactions. Data from the program is used to enhance blood product quality and safety. Red Cross experts play an important role in policies and standards for the industry. By serving on key committees of AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) and other blood-related organizations and working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the Red Cross provides valuable data and expertise that influences the direction of the blood banking industry.
Red Cross is constantly working to increase the availability of blood and blood products. This includes educating potential donors about healthy habits that will reduce deferrals such as for low iron, improving the yield from platelet donors and using containers that extend the time that blood can be safely shipped. Increasing diverse blood donor recruitment is critical to the future of our nation's blood supply. The Red Cross is implementing initiatives throughout the country to increase the number of blood donors in diverse communities and raise awareness of the need to give blood. The Red Cross also works to find rare blood donors to meet the specialized needs of patients all over the country. Through its 39 Immunohematology Reference Laboratories, offering support to hospitals across the country, and its collaboration with AABB on the American Rare Donor Program, the Red Cross helps ensure that patients will get the blood they need at any time of the day or night.**

For every one blood donation, you have the potential to save three lives! For a blood drive near you, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

SEASON OF HOPE

Season of Hope is another thing that we do at my school to help our community. We help kids from different places that don't get much for Christmas. We go to Wal Mart and have different groups buying for children in a family, and each group has different kids with different age. Some groups have to buy for babies, kids, and teenagers. You would be surprised how much it means to them getting something that they haven't been able to get for Christmas. We all enjoy buying things for others.

Visit our Season of Hope web page and watch our VoiceThread.

Our Class



HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by two people by the names of Millard and Linda Fuller. Today, Habitat for Humanity is a world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. They have built over 350,000 homes, for over 1.75 millions people and more than 3,000 communities. The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had left a successful business and a good lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a better life of Christian service. The houses would be built at no profit. In 2008, volunteers put up new walls on the 300,000th Habitat house, which is owned by the Garraux family in Naples, Florida, USA. The Habitat for Humanity International began in the 1960s on Koinonia Farm Georgia. Millard and Linda Fuller developed a Fund for Humanity in the year 1968. In 1976, Habitat for Humanity International was formed.




Credits:

Text: Tristen J

Image: Our class photo from Season of Hope activities

Internet Credits:
http://www.redcrossstl.org/
http://www.redcrossstl.org/AboutUs/MissionHistory.aspx
http://www.redcrossstl.org/AboutUs/RedCrossontheRoad.aspx
http://www.redcrossstl.org/AboutUs/Leadership.aspx
http://www.habitat.org/how/historytext.aspx
http://www.habitat.org/how/timeline_home.asp


Image Credits:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Habitat_for_Humanity_at_Fremont_Fair_2007_-_04.jpg {{CC, by Jmabel}}
Season of Hope image property of St. Paul Lutheran School.
Red Cross Personal Interview. Pratt, Katie. E-mail Interview. February 27, 2011. {Email}
**Information from the interview can also be found at the official Red Cross website: http://www.redcrossstl.org/







Our team:
Gimnazjum #4, Gdynia, Poland
St. Mark's Senior Second. School,
Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India

St. Paul Lutheran School, Farmington, USA


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