Red Cross Month for me in Our Nation’s Captial

So while the rest of my Florida friends are off to the beaches of the Caribbean or a cruise to party I decided to take a spontaneous trip back to my summer home of Washington DC with a friend for some fun. It’s beautiful weather for March, the snow is finally over and the sun was shining brightly today for our arrival! As a member of the National Youth Council and intern for the Red Cross in DC this past summer I’ve gotten a chance to know the city quite well. However this is my first time in the city where I didn’t go planning to work or volunteer while visiting…BUT the first stop of my day was indeed the American Red Cross Headquarters building after lunch with a fellow intern from my summer here. Basically it was a very unintentional Red Cross day. My travel buddy loved hearing all about what I do and the history of the organization. I guess it’s easy to take for granted after being involved for so many years but it’s true how unique of an organization the Red Cross is.

Today’s visit made me think a lot about that and also the fact that how I could never of imagined that I would be at the ripe old age of 20, in a city as thriving and happening as DC, knowing so many different individuals – young, old and in everywhere in between with whom I can visit, laugh and share quality time with. I’ve lived in Florida all my life, had the same friends growing up pretty much and even now in college. Basically this trip is full of visits with friends from my internship, my favorite places from the summer and people I have worked with in the Red Cross – revisiting all my great memories from the summer. It reminds me that working with the Red Cross and the Red Cross story has not only impacted the lives of so many other people but changed mine forever too. I can attribute so many of the amazing people I have met, places I have gone and experiences I have had to my time with the Red Cross.

This month, as we celebrate Red Cross month together all across the country, try to think of what the Red Cross has done not just for the people we serve but for yourself. What keeps you personally invested and involved? What do you love about the Red Cross story? Share your story with us here on redcrossyouth.org.

Bianca, Washington DC for the week!

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