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Online search finds a Red Cross treasure

What began as an online search for a mannequin to be used in a small display of historical items at our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, building has reacquainted us with a long-retired volunteer who had an exceptional history with the Canadian Red Cross in Nova Scotia.

Red Cross legacies: Volunteerism and a model landmine

The Canadian Red Cross is recognizing our 120th anniversary through a new online platform. The project, celebrating 120 years of helping those in need, highlights important moments in our history through significant events and stories displayed on an interactive timeline.  Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with veteran Red Cross volunteer, Ted Itani, to talk about Red Cross history and one item in particular that connects our Red Cross stories: a model landmine.

Honouring Helena Hardwick, Canadian Red Crosser and WWII ambulance driver

In celebration of March Is Red Cross Month, we’re honouring Helena Hardwick, who left her remote prairie ranch to volunteer overseas as an ambulance driver during the Second World War.

More clues about Muggins, the amazing Red Cross dog

Last month, we told the story of Muggins, the famous Canadian Red Cross fundraising dog from Victoria, British Columbia.
During the First World War, he raised more than $21,000 (about $400,000 now), just trotting around town alone with two donation boxes on his back. He often visited ferries and freightliners arriving in Victoria, and grew so famous that overseas visitors would ask for the little white Spitz dog. When Muggins eventually died in 1920, his body was preserved by a professional taxidermist, and that is where the story seemed to end last time. But now we’ve uncovered more clues!

Celebrating 75 years of care in remote areas in British Columbia

Last month, the coastal town of Bamfield, B.C. celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of its outpost hospital, a Red Cross facility that was established on September 7, 1939, just at the beginning of the Second World War. The Red Cross had opened 90 of these remote facilities across Canada to meet the needs of remote and emerging communities.

It all started in the back of a station wagon...

Fifty years ago today, the Canadian Red Cross established the first Meals on Wheels program in Canada. The program started in Brantford Ontario after resident Elsie Matthews approached the Red Cross with the idea to replicate a unique program ...

Remembering Canadian Red Cross Volunteers in WWII

This Remembrance Day we're remembering the Canadian Red Cross volunteers who helped with the Food Parcel Effort. Throughout World War II, over one million Canadian Red Cross volunteers helped with the food parcel effort by assembling, packaging and s...

Photo of the Day: Retro Swim Badges

We're taking a trip down memory lane and looking at some retro Red Cross swim badges. The badges signify the completion of a level of Red Cross swimming courses. The blue badge pictured on the top right is the newest example of the badges given t...

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