Red Cross outreach meeting at county health offices

Red Cross volunteer Carl Nappier with his personal Red Cross marked vehicle. Inside he has maps and photos from many of disasters he has responded to in the last four years.

Red Cross volunteer Carl Nappier with his personal Red Cross marked vehicle. Inside he has maps and photos from many of disasters he has responded to in the last four years. Photo by David Wilson.

In a meeting held at the Moniteau County Health Department, Carl Nappier presented information on what the American Red Cross does to help the community.

As an entity the organization does blood collection (collecting half of the blood and blood products used in the country), trains in life saving skills (such as CPR, AED and First Aid training, swim and lifeguard training), works with the military to help the families maintain contact during emergencies and engages in disaster relief services (fires, floods, storm and tornados).

Nappier told of the founding of the American Red Cross on May 21, 1881 by Clara Barton. The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross was founded in 1917, but recently underwent a name change. It is now known as the Heart of Missouri Chapter.

For more of this story check out the April 18 issue of the California Democrat.

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