It only takes one to make a difference
You can make a difference too
Believe in who you are and you will go far
In making a difference in whatever you do
In making a difference for me and you
Clara Barton was born to a farm family in Oxford,Mass. Even as a child, she wanted to help others. She treated injured pets and cared for her brother when he suffered from a fall from a barn.
She was home schooled by her brothers and sisters. She was always trying to learn new things.
While she was a teenager she became a teacher and taught for about 14 years. She was teaching at a private school where she offered to teach for free if the town would provide a place for her to teach. She soon had over 600 students.
Her next job was working as a clerk in the Patent office in Washington D.C. They wanted to pay her less money because she was a woman but she insisted they paid her the same as the men.
When the Civil war began,she wanted to help the soldiers. She began making bandages out of sheets and towels. She got permission to go to the front lines to care for the soldiers herself. She was called the Angel of the Battlefield. She almost lost her life, but she continued to serve. She comforted the soldiers, bought food for them,and searched for missing soldiers. In the years after the war, she was able to reunite thousands of soldiers and their families.
Next she joined the relief effort in the war between France and Prussia. In Europe they had an organization called the International Red Cross. She saw the good work they were doing, and when she returned to the United States, she worked for 8 years to establish the American Red Cross.
The dedication and generosity of one woman, Clara Barton, has had far-reaching effects.