The Red Cross
Most parishes had branches of the Red Cross. St. Joseph’s Church in Yonkers turned over rooms in the rectory to be used as workrooms for the Red Cross. Over 55 women in the parish joined the branch to knit and sew items to be sent to the soldiers. At Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers, the women of the parish sent over 18 trunks of stockings and sweaters to soldiers in the camps, and donated $125 worth of linens to the Red Cross. The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Manhattan had an especially active Red Cross branch. Each month, the club would send large donations of surgical supplies. The branch also offered classes in surgical dressing as well as sewing and knitting. Many entertainments were held in the parish, with the proceeds going to the work of the Red Cross Auxiliary.