March is ARC Month since 1943

A member of the ARC labels vials in the Panzer Fitness Center, Nov. 15, 2017, during a very successful two-day blood drive that took in more than twice the usual volume of pints donated within a week. Photo by John Reese, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

American Red Cross
Stuttgart Region

Since its founding by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to serving people in need. It received its first congressional charter in 1900, and to this day it is tasked by the federal government with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families, as well as providing disaster relief in the United States and around the world.

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a way to raise awareness of the organization and its humanitarian mission in the midst of war. The ARC is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

Today, the supporters, volunteers and employees of the American Red Cross provide compassionate care in five critical areas:

  • People affected by disasters in America
  • Support for members of the military and their families
  • Blood collection, processing and distribution
  • Health and safety education and training
  • International relief and development

Even while the ARC adapts to meet the changing needs of the people it serves, it always stays true to those roots.

Are you familiar with the classic images of ARC nurses helping American service members and civilian war victims during World War I? In fact, as you read this, Red Cross staff and volunteers are still deploying alongside America’s military.

Emergency communications is one of the most important services the ARC serve. Last year 250, 000 emergency communications messages were initiated to service members and their commands by the ARC. The Stuttgart military community was the recipient of more than 685 messages.

Maybe you’ve taken a class through the ARC, such as first aid certification or learning how to swim. Did you know the ARC has been offering similar training since the early 1900s? Last year, the ARC trained more than 400 Stuttgart military community members in lifesaving courses, such as first aid/CPR/AED, and babysitting courses that are recommended by U.S. Army-Europe.



In the past six months, the ARC has helped people affected by historic hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as thousands of families affected by house fires.

The American Red Cross-Stuttgart Region is proud to serve the Stuttgart military community. If you would like to join the ARC as a volunteer, please call 431-2812 or 07031-15-2812.