Today is a red letter day in Red Cross history. 129 years ago today, May 31, 1889, was the day of the horrific and devastating  Johnstown Flood, that occurred with the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River 14 miles upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. More than 2,000 people lost their lives. The flood was the American Red Cross’s first disaster relief effort.

What’s this have to do with St. John’s? This Sunday we’re hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Sign ups continue today in the Narthex. Questions? Contact Jamie DeVries via, or Roger Bradshaw via to get your name on the donation or volunteer list. Never doubt that YOU can make the difference.

Read more about the Johnstown Flood, and the work done by the Red Cross in the immediate aftermath. Save a life; give blood on Sunday. Thank you.