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Nanea Mitchell and the American Red Cross


BeForever character Nanea Mitchell dips her paddle in to help the American Red Cross provide comfort and care to her community following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and America’s entry into World War Two.

In Nanea’s stories, readers get a glimpse of the critical role the American Red Cross played in providing vital humanitarian services—from helping the wounded to providing first-aid training and food to those in need in Oahu—following the Pearl Harbor attack.

Nanea’s family, friends, and neighbors are quick to volunteer to assist the Red Cross in their efforts. And in the following excerpt, Nanea discovers a way she can help make a difference, too.


“After the attack, my brother delivered bottles of blood from the Red Cross to the hospital,” Nanea explained. “As fast as he delivered them, the hospital needed more. They still need blood. And guess what?” She leaned forward. “There’s a bottle shortage.” She showed them the other articles she’d clipped from the paper, all about the Red Cross pleading for bottles. “They’re essential,” she said, smiling at Donna. “So I think that’s what we should collect.”

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Growing Up with Aloha, p. 174

Nanea’s efforts in support of the Red Cross illustrate her deeply held belief in kokua—doing good deeds and giving selflessly of yourself in times of need—and provide valuable lessons of compassion and helping others and your community.

American Girl Partners with the American Red Cross

American Girl Partners with the American Red Cross

To support Nanea’s powerful message, now until the end of 2017, American Girl is collecting donations for the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program to help provide comfort and care to members of the military, veterans, and their families. American Girl will match every dollar donation made at and at any American Girl store in the U.S. up to a maximum total donation of $75,000.

American Girl is also giving $575,000 worth of its signature 18-inch dolls to the American Red Cross to provide a bit of cheer to children in times of crisis.

American Girl will give the American Red Cross 100% of all donations collected at its retail stores and through its website during the period August 21, 2017 through December 31, 2017 with a minimum commitment of $125,000. The receipt we issue serves as acknowledgment of your donation to the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross name, emblem and copyrighted materials are being used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. The American Red Cross logo is a registered trademark owned by The American National Red Cross. For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit

How You Can Help

The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers willing to provide their time and talents in service of others. To learn how you can help the American Red Cross in your own community, visit

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The Significance of the Red Cross Emblem

For over 150 years, the Red Cross emblem has saved lives in times of conflict and disaster. Today, it is one of the most recognized symbols in the world for a very important reason.

Imagine a battlefield where no one can tell the medical personnel from the combatants, where the wounded cannot get help and where field hospitals and medical vehicles come under fire. That is the world that existed before the Geneva Conventions were adopted by countries worldwide to protect medical personnel assisting the wounded on the battlefield. In 1864, the Geneva Conventions chose the Red Cross emblem as a symbol of neutrality and protection.

Every day, Red Cross personnel work in regions of disaster, health emergency, and armed conflict. Their ability to safely carry out their humanitarian missions and provide care and assistance depends on universal understanding and acceptance of the emblem’s meaning.

Countries around the world, including the United States, protect the Red Cross emblem and designate its use to official Red Cross organizations and programs, as well as the medical and sanitary services of the armed forces.

If you see a Red Cross emblem being used improperly, please speak out. No misuse is too small to mention because its timely correction may literally save a life.

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