The American Red Cross is an organization founded on the principles of preventing and alleviating human suffering through its volunteers and donors. Contrary to public opinion, the Red Cross does much more than just collecting blood. The organization is also committed to providing CPR Training, teaching disaster preparation, and collecting money for other charity organization, like Penn State’s own THON! The Penn State chapter will soon offer CPR instruction to people who would like or need instruction for their jobs or commitments, which might need someone who is prepared with CPR training. Disaster prevention is one of the lesser known services that the American Red Cross provides, but it is also one of the most important in changing people’s lives. The disaster prevention and emergency assistance Red Cross volunteers are “helping thousands of people in Louisiana affected by devastating flooding, likely the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. Also stated that; “We are mobilizing a massive relief effort with volunteers providing shelter, food and comfort right now. The Red Cross is also sending in additional relief supplies and volunteers to expand our response in the coming days.”(redcross.org) It is estimated that 10,600 people in Louisiana sought shelter in over 50 of their local Red Cross and community shelters on Sunday night to escape from the deadly conditions outside. Hopefully, our community in State College will not be affected by anything remotely this bad, but the Red Cross is making sure that people are prepared anyway. Locally, the Red Cross chapter started an initiative to ensure that everyone has a smoke detector in their house that could save their lives in case of a fire or other poisonous air conditions within their house. The Student Red Cross Club is actively involved in the Penn State Dance Marathon, or THON. They have two amazing families, the Heck family and the Angus family and have joined these families to help combat pediatric cancer through their participation and collection for the dance marathon. All of these services that the Red Cross provides are through the generosity of donors as well as the actions of their volunteers, who give their time to make their community a better place. This is why, if you get the chance, give some thought to volunteering for the Red Cross.