American Red Socks

Today, in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.  Barton was inspired by the work of the International Red Cross in Switzerland during the Franco-Prussian War.

The organization is known today for its blood drives and disaster relief efforts.  But, during the first and second World Wars, the American Red Cross enlisted volunteers from across the country to hand-knit heavy-duty wool socks for soldiers.

Not only was this a kind gesture and reminder of home, but it was instrumental in keeping the troops from getting trench foot.

WWII veteran Dr. Giulio D’Angio donated his socks back to the Red Cross chapter 70 years after he received them.  You can read his story here.