The Bahamas branch of the International Red Cross began its work in 1939 under the auspices of the British Red Cross. The original purpose was to serve the relief needs of Allied troops in the vicinity and particularly those stationed in The Bahamas.
Over the years, The Bahamas Branch has benefited from the services and generous support of the public-spirited people many of whom distinguished themselves in other areas of public life. Between 1939 and 1968, field officers from the British Red Cross Society directed the affairs of the Branch and it was customary for the wife of the serving Governors to be appointed President.
On May 4, 1977, The Bahamas Red Cross Society was admitted to membership in the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent.
While blessed with a near perfect climate, and a history relatively free of serious natural disaster, The Bahamian people have had ample reason to be grateful to the Red Cross. The Society offers a wide range of assistance to members of the community who suffer loss as a result of fire, hurricane or any other type of disasters and works as an Auxiliary to The Bahamas Government.
The annual budget is financed through extensive fundraising, membership drive, donations and an Annual Government Grant. All services are free of costs, and the only criterion for delivery is that of need.
Contact The Bahamas Red Cross
John F. Kennedy Drive
Tel: +1 (242)-323-7370, +1 (242)-328-4415
Fax: +1 (242)-323-7404