Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Women in Red Cross History: Lady Bird Johnson

Women's History Month: Celebrating Lady Bird Johnson

by Catherine Carlton, American Red Cross Volunteer

Lady Bird Johnson is a celebrated female leader in Texas and in the Red Cross. Today we celebrate her unique Red Cross accomplishments as part of Women's History Month.

Among her many other duties and accomplishments, Lady Bird served as chairman of the Senate Wives Red Cross Unit, a group founded in 1917 to aid with World War I support. The Senate Wives prepared comfort items for hospitals and performed other production tasks at their monthly meetings at the capital.

A hands-on volunteer, Lady Bird Johnson regularly rolled bandages, knitted and sewed items for hospitalized veterans, organized blood drives and visited the wounded as a Red Cross worker.

During his time as the Vice President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson presented an American Red Cross certificate of appreciation to his wife, Lady Bird, for her 14 years of service to the movement. Lady Bird also received the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2007 from the American Red Cross of Central Texas.

The Lady Bird League of the Clara Barton Society giving group is named after Mrs. Johnson and is a group for Red Cross donors who make gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 to honor her service.

You can learn more at http://www.redcross.org/museum/history/ladybirdjohnson.html

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