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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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Dear Dish-It In The Forums

rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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