Lancaster Library housed a very special event this past weekend. People filed in, many wearing red hats, shirts, or dresses, and made their way up the stairs. While they waited to sign in, folks looked on the display of photographs and paraphernalia that showed the expansive history of the American Red Cross, as well as a vintage nurse’s outfit. Once signed in, including telling the ladies behind the table what sort of help you give to the Red Cross, everyone filled a room with a table of hor d’oeuvres and punch in the back. On a side table was a lovely sheet cake with the words “100, A Century of Service, American Red Cross, Virginia Region” written on it.
Every chair in the room was filled, and more chairs were brought out for those standing along the walls. In the front of the room was a narrated slide show, displaying the history of the local Red Cross, and had photos such as; children raising money for the Red Cross with a lemonade stand, CPR classes, historic photos, the local Red Cross kitchen, members, board members, disaster efforts during fires and floods, poster contest winner, passport to preparedness, distributing goods, Knit Your Bit for Soldiers, holiday cards for soldiers, bake sales, water safety and swim lessons, the USNS Hope Ship which is the largest floating medical facility, Clara Barton quotes, and more. The slide show continued on loop throughout the event.
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