This Gray Lady uniform from World War II (1939-1945) was worn by Betty Steensma, wife of John Steensma, recognized by the Public Museum as part of the Veteran's Exhibit. The Gray Ladies were Red Cross Volunteers who worked in hospitals and medical facilities to provide non-medical services to the sick, injured, or disabled. They wrote letters, read, tutored, shopped for patients, served as guides, hostesses, and staffed information desks. They also helped with disaster relief when needed. The Gray Ladies served notably during WWII raising nearly $500,000 for the War fund as well as handling 24,680 emergency messages between servicemen and their families.
1939 – 1945
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Gift of John and Marsha Steensma
American Red Cross The American Red Cross, also known as the American National Red Cross, was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton. It is an organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and education in the United States. In 1910 the Red Cross Nursing Service was founded by Jane Delano. The organization provided emergency and non-emergency services to the United States military. Currently, there are over 650 chapters and 36 blood service regions.