In the days following Sept. 11, millions of people sought
to give help as best they could. The Red Cross's Web site
traffic spiked to more than 50 million hits compared with
their more normal 1.1 million hits before that fateful day.
In the 2 weeks following, online donations shot to $57
million. The previous two week record high for giving
to the Red Cross was $2.5 million. Until Sept. 11,
online donations made up less than 1% of their total;
since then 28% of their total gifts have come via the Web.
Clara Barton would have been elated at the tremendous
out pouring of help from concerned and caring individuals.
Throughout history there have been a few outstanding
humanitarian efforts by individuals that have given
far reaching and long lasting results. These are efforts
that have helped untold millions upon millions of lives.
Clara Barton surely deserves to be ranked near the
top of that list.
Known as "The Angel of The Battlefield," Clara almost
single handidly founded the American Red Cross in 1882.
As a young child, Clara would often play "nurse" to the
neighborhood pets that were sick or injured. Getting her
first real human nursing experience, she nursed her
brother back to health after he had received a serious
She then worked as a teacher, and later in 1853 landed a
job as clerk in the US Patent Office, becoming the first
woman to hold that position. When the Civil War broke
out, Clara heard of the tremendous suffering with many
of the soldiers going without treatment because of the
lack of medical personnel.
Determined to make a difference, she went from door to
door asking and pleading with people to make donations
for the soldiers relief.
After experiencing first hand the suffering of some soldiers
from the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, Clara decided it
was time to take her efforts to the battlefield. But it didn't
come easy.....she pleaded with the War Department for
nearly a year before they gave her permission.
In the meantime, Clara spent her time collecting bandages
and other medical supplies, plus she set up an independent
agency to help her collect and then dispense the supplies.
On the front lines, the danger was intense. But Clara
jumped right in and would often stay with a wounded
soldier until they could be carried back to safety.
At one of the deadliest battles of the War, Antietam,
she had a bullet rip through her sleeve which killed a
nearby soldier. Without hesitation, Clara moved to the
next wounded soldier and aided him.
She would often work non-stop tending to the injured,
assisting surgeons, carrying supplies, and comforting the
soldiers. Even after the war had ended she spent a great
deal of time searching for those missing in action.
If that wasn't enough, when war broke out between France
and Germany in 1870, she went to Europe and volunteered
for the International Red Cross. German emperor William I
awarded her the Iron Cross of Merit for her selfless work.
Coming back to America, she began a full fledged effort at
educating people, contacting politicians, giving speeches,
and passing out brochures. Finally her tireless efforts
culminated in the incorporation of the American Chapter
of the Red Cross.
Clara Barton's entire life was spent so that millions upon
millions of people then and now could have a wonderful
organization to be there for them in times of need.
She achieved her results by totally dedicating and focusing her
efforts on accomplishing that one main goal in her life.
Everything she did was a step on the road to her life's
major purpose. Clara Barton is one of life's true heroes.
"You must never so much as think whether you like it or not,
whether it is bearable or not; you must never think of
anything except the need, and how to meet it."
~ Clara Barton ~
The Red Cross: http://redcross.org/
“I want to go as far as I think possible for a man to go.”
~ Captain James Cook ~
The Making of A Champion
Twice, Orel Hershiser was cut from his high school baseball
team with his coaches often severely critizing him for his play
- yet Orel went on to become one of Professional Baseball's
premier pitchers winning a string of honors including the
coveted Cy Young Award which is the highest award
baseball gives for pitchers.
In 1998 he broke Don Drysdale's scoreless inning record,
pitching 50 consecuative scoreless innnings.
He credits his success to two main principles: Self-Discipline
“The formula for success is simple: practice and
concentration, then more practice and more
~ Babe Didrikson Zaharias ~
More Web Giving
After Sept. 11, the Red Cross received so many hits to their
Web site, it started to time out. Phil Zepeda, the Red Cross
director of online media said "With just one Web server,
there was no way to handle the massive influx of traffic."
By Sept. 13, Yahoo had agreed to handle online donations
for the Red Cross, taking a major load off the Red Cross's
server. Amazon.com, AOL Time Warner, PayPal Inc,
and Wells Fargo & Co. also pitched in to take donations
Microsoft and Cisco Systems joined with the Red Cross
info tech staff to build a new on site server farm. That
took a massive effort with 60 people working 3 days,
but they managed to quickly balance the traffic among
8 new servers eliminating the time outs.
Microsoft had a team of 20 people working round the
clock to help accomplish this. Microsoft and Compaq
launched a Red Cross Web service for victims and
family members which helped give immediate access to
the latest info to family members.
Dell Computer gave new computers to the Red Cross
and Vector Networks donated communications software.
International Fibercom had 18 people working 36 hours
to configure 6 servers to handle the tracking of over
15,000 concurrent blood donors. They also donated
needed hardware and bandwidth to accomplish this
much need service for the Red Cross.
Our hat is off to these corporations who quickly
gave what they could to help the Red Cross and
the victims and family members of the disaster.
Without their efforts, the millions upon millions of
individual donations wouldn't have been possible
to have reached their destination as quickly as they did.
“Anybody with a little guts and the desire to apply
himself can make it, he can make anything he
wants to make of himself.”
~ Willie Shoemaker ~
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