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The American Red Cross

As victims attempt to recover from the massive storm that hit the southeastern United States, the American Red Cross has rushed to the hardest-hit areas of Hurricane Katrina's destruction. Find out what this organization is all about.

American Red Cross - The History

In 1862, a Swiss businessman named Henri Dunant wrote "A Memory of Solferino" after witnessing a bloody battle in Italy in 1859. His idea was to form a neutral organization that would protect sick and wounded soldiers during combat. His efforts led to the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863, as well as an international conference in Geneva, Switzerland. There, they chose the symbol of a red cross on a white background (the reverse of the Swiss flag) to represent the organization.

American Red Cross - In Times of War

The American Red Cross is dedicated to humanitarian interests and reducing human suffering. During the Geneva Convention of 1864, the organization adopted rules to care for those wounded in battle and to protect civilians, victims of warfare and prisoners of war. Although the organization has been a source of service during times of war, it also operates charitable programs that run during times of both war and peace.

American Red Cross - Emergency Response Services

Each year, the American Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes. On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami hit several Asian countries, killing close to 200,000 people. Emergency workers and volunteers rushed to provide food, shelter and clothing to the survivors. They are now helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, which has flooded cities, polluted water sources, destroyed buildings and roads, killed almost 600 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

American Red Cross - How You Can Help

Did you know that for every one Red Cross employee, there are 37 volunteers? And, 40% of all volunteers are under the age of 24. The American Red Cross hosts tons of cool programs for kids and teens to get involved with, from CPR classes to babysitting workshops. You'll also learn how to organize charity drives at your school or in your community to help those who have been affected by a disaster. For more information on how you can get involved with the American Red Cross, head to www.redcross.org.

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drowning posted in Friends:
Did something happen between you two in the past? If so, I feel like she might have some unresolved issues with you that you need to discuss with her. And, time doesn't always mean a lot. I've gotten closer to someone before compared to someone whom I had known for 8 years.
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country_girl19
country_girl19 posted in Friends:
Dear Dish-it,                          Me and my friend just started talking again, and it seems like she regrets it. She'll leave me for the people she has only known for a couple of months, when I've been friends with her for a year. Also, she gets annoyed with me, and I don't know what to do.
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
I'll be honest, I don't think that it's very fair that you're placing so much blame on your mother. Cancer is very hard to heal in any animal or person. She may of been able to help one spot, but that doesn't mean that she was going to be able to heal the rest. There's a slim chance that they could of made it through, but it's probably for the best that she put him down. Cancer is a painful thing to go through for dogs and humans alike. It would of been worse to push it. As for the depression, I understand where you're coming from with it. It's a difficult thing to go through and it makes things hard to do. I've struggled with things in the past and sometimes still do, so take my word on this: Eat. What. You. Can. Don't starve yourself. Don't binge. Don't do anything. Keep eating. Your health matters too. You need to find things to do, like hobbies (drawing, reading, writing, ect.) and spend time with friends when you can. At least talk to your friends, don't push them away. They're there for you, even when they might not know how to be. Don't be ashamed to cry, it's perfectly fine too. It's a better alternative of getting things out than a lot of things you could be doing. Do not, under any circumstances, start cutting. Take it from someone who's dealt with it on a personal level in several ways, do not start it. It is not something you "won't get addicted too" and it will not be a "one time thing." Do not try it. Do not start it. Do not try to find "softer" alternatives to cutting. Self-harm is not a fixer, it does not help anything. It isn't something to be ashamed of. It's a personal issue along with mental illness. But it is a very big deal. "And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help?" There isn't always a place to help. Sometimes it won't do the things we wish it would.
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RavenClawRaina
My dog, Loki, was old and had cancer. He was 14. My mom healed one of his cancer spots but not even a month later, she put him down. He had life in him. He played like a puppy. If she healed one spot, why couldnt she heal the rest? He could have lived right? He was like my little brother, I loved him like one. He was family. Every since he passed, Ive been depressed. Losing weight and not wanting to go out and hangout with friends. Me and my mom get into fights more. At some points, I hate her for what she did. I dont dare tell anyone about my depression and I cry every night until 3:30 am. I have considered cutting but I dont want anyone to judge me. Im not going to but I just want someone to understand what his loss did to my heart. Ive had him since i was a baby. He was my best friend. And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help? I was mad. Can anyone relate? Can someone help me? ( im not going to a therapist btw ) UGH WHAT DO I DO?!  
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Pokemonlegends05
Sometimes Video Games can Cheer you up as well. Happy, Vibrant Games: New Super Mario Bros. U Pokemon Shuffle Any of the Mario Party games. Minecraft Super Mario 3d world (Wow, a ton of Mario games :p) Jak and Daxter Super Mario 64 These are useful for making this :e into this  =(
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