Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

Monday Monuments and Memorials – American Red Cross Christmas Drive

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Answer the Red Cross Christmas roll call. All you need is a heart and a dollar.

WW1 was a period of unprecedented growth for the American Red Cross. It grew from 107 chapters in 1914 to 3864 in 1918. By the war’s end, nearly one-third of the US population was either a donor to the Red Cross or serving as a volunteer … over 20 million adult members, over 11 million Junior Red Cross members and 8.1 million volunteers.

The organization served at home and in the war zone, supplying hospitals and canteens, offering civilian relief and aid to military dependents.

Illustrator Ray Greenleaf created this poster for a Christmas fundraising campaign. I found this copy in a display of WW1 posters at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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Canadian crusader for equality and justice. Connoisseur and creator of the written word. Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books and monuments. Read more at greatwar100reads.wordpress.com.

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