Harper’s Bazaar, March, 1945

March is Red Cross Month, and unfortunately, the violent storms of the past few days show why so much aid is often needed in the early spring.  I’m the type of person who prefers to pick local groups that I know are making the world a better place when I decide where to give my charitable dollars, but the Red Cross is an exception.

That is because I have personal experience with the group, and know just how useful they are in the aftermath of a disaster. In 2004 my mother-in-law’s house was flooded due to Hurricane Francis.  Within hours of us beginning the cleanup a Red Cross truck appeared on her street, offering food, medical and cleaning supplies.  After hours of filling garbage bags with her destroyed belongings, that sandwich and cookie tasted heavenly.  And in the hard days that followed, the truck kept coming by, offering other types of help.  I’m still wishing I’d taken them up on those disaster counseling sessions!

If anyone lives in or near one of the affected areas, please post and let us know of any local groups that could also use our help.

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11 responses to “Harper’s Bazaar, March, 1945

  1. It’s a wonderful cause – and a wonderful cover image too!

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  3. Lizzie-
    Your post and direct experience with the devastation caused by a hurricane really hit home with me, as I’m sitting here with a cup of tea and toast, Retro Roadhusband and the dog just returning from a walk, in our humble yet loveable Hacienda. I can’t help but think that the people affected by these storms may have had a similar Saturday last week, not knowing that just days ahead their lives would be changed forever.

    Your post inspired me to contribute to the Red Cross, and to link to it on my site, so hopefully Retro Roadmap readers will contribute as well.

    Thanks for reminding us of the important things in life!

    Beth / Mod Betty

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  4. Great post and a great reminder about the Red Cross. (beyond the US, I see that the Red Cross in Syria is really sticking their necks out this week, trying to do what needs to be done!)

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  5. I love that jacket, I’d wear it today. Swooon.

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  6. Susan

    Timely reminder and yes, wise words. We’re all just so damn lucky, if natural disasters don’t affect us.

    At the very least, I’ll be donating blood to the Red Cross this month.. once this cold passes!

    Just wondering if you wanted to enter in to a debate that I’m having with a friend … I’ve was reading about red cross women volunteers in the 40′s and was interested to read that they changed their colour from khaki to navy, as it was more flattering on the skin tone.

    I think that’s cool- if you’re going to help out, you may as well do it in style and comfort.
    My friend thinks it’s sexist….
    What do you think?

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