The Red Cross, Its Job—and You

May 1 1942

The Red Cross, Its Job—and You

May 1 1942

The Red Cross, Its Job—and You


IN THE above picture you don’t see the barbed wire; only a Nazi guard. But the barbed wire is there. The men are British soldiers. There may be Canadians among them. They are prisoners of war in a German camp.

In the parcels they are unloading there is food. Badly needed food, for German rations are slim.

These parcels came from Canada. They were packed and shipped by the Canadian Red Cross; paid for by citizens in every corner of the Dominion.

Between January 6, 1941, and March 27, 1942, 726,158 such parcels were dispatched from this country. In Toronto some 450 volunteer women workers, in Montreal some 300, are packing 40,000 prisoners-of-war parcels each week. In twelve months the cost has been more than $5,000,000.

Now the British Government has asked that the number of parcels be increased to 80,000 per week. And food must be sent to Canadian prisoners in the Far East.

That is one reason why, on May 11, the Canadian Red Cross will launch an appeal for $9,000,000 in voluntary contributions.

AT THIS writing, German bombers have - resumed their attacks on English towns and cities. Death is hurtling from the sky; homes are being dissolved to dust and rubble; men, women and children bereft of all they own.

As a result of your past help, air-raid victims in all sections of Britain have been provided with millions of articles of clothing, shoes for children, blankets, etc. (3,115,244 articles, to December 31, 1941).

In his memorable broadcast in March, Eric Knight, famous Yorkshire author, said:

“Only one who has seen the splendid and generous work of the Canadian Red Cross in Britain could say ‘thank you’ as fervently as I do.”

Scores, hundreds, of thank-you’s have come from bombed-outs whose loss and suffering have been eased, not only by supplies from Canada, but by the thought behind them.

The Red Cross was able to render service because it was ready, because it was prepared for emergencies, had worked in advance of the inevitable.

With Hitler poised to strike with the madness of frustration, who can doubt that the need for aid will be greater than ever before?

And the Red Cross must be prepared. That is another reason why it seeks your assistance.

SINCE THE outbreak of the war, the Canadian Red Cross Society has spent more than $16,000,000 on its war work.

Overseas it has—

Built, furnished, fully equipped and turned over to Canada’s Department of Defense a 600-bed military hospital in England.

Sent nearly 9,000,000 articles, comforts and supplies for the forces, military hospitals and civilians; 5,000,000 surgical dressings.

Sent 232 ambulances, 14 vans, 36 mobile kitchen units for feeding fire fighters in bombed areas.

Contributed $215,000 to British Red Cross War Relief, plus large quantities of materials and supplies; made grants to welfare organizations caring for British merchant seamen ; provided 390,000 articles of clothing for men of the Navy and merchant ships.

Established the Maple Leaf Club for men on leave in London.

In Canada it has-

Operated volunteer blood donor clinics— 1,600 donations a week processed into serum to be used for transfusion purposes by the forces and civilians in Britain.

Supplied a million comforts and supplies to forces in training.

Organized the Canadian Red Cross Corps —2,500 uniformed, volunteer, trained women in 45 cities.

Established disaster relief organizations at seaboards and vulnerable points.

Maintained peacetime program—outpost hospitals in frontier settlements, aid to veterans of other wars, home nursing and war emergency first-aid courses.

THE SUM required to carry on these humanitarian services during the current twelve months is $9,000,000.

That sum will be apportioned this way:

Food parcels for British prisoners of

war in Europe and for Canadian prisoners of war in Far

East............... $3,550,000

Hospital supplies, comforts for troops, clothing for civilian casualties and refugees .............. 3,750,000

Disaster relief and

emergency ........ 1.000.000

Bloor donor service.. 200,000

Campaign and publicity ............. 200.000


40c. of each $1

41c. of each $1

11c. of each $1 2Vic. of each $1

2V4c. of each $1 3Vic. of each $1

(Total number of paid workers throughout the country —447. Number of women voluntary workers—715,000)

THE $9,000,000 must be raised by voluntary contributions. This year the Canadian Government is supplying funds needed by various war service organizations. But the Red Cross is necessarily excluded from that arrangement. The Red Cross Society is international. Its position rests upon the Conventions of Geneva, ratified by acts of parliament. These require the Society to be supported by voluntary subscriptions, and it is only by maintaining such support that the Canadian Red Cross Society can command the rights, privileges and immunities guaranteed under international law. No belligerent government may finance the Canadian Red Cross Society; to do so would be to destroy the international status of the Society and even wipe out its immunity under fire.

It is only through the Canadian Red Cross Society that any Canadian can do anything for a Canadian, British, Australian or New Zealand prisoner of war. It is only through its enquiry bureau and its facilities for international investigation that information may be obtained as to missing Canadian fighting men. It is only through the services of the blood donor branch of the Red Cross Society that those Canadians unable to fight can supply blood to make good some of that shed by our fighting men overseas.

TO AVOID conflict with the war finance needs of the Government itself, the Red Cross agreed to advance the date of its campaign. There isn’t much time in which to organize a country-wide campaign. We think, though, that the need is so apparent and the work of the Canadian Red Cross so generally accepted that there will be a heartening response.

So, for the Red Cross, let’s go !