How can you get involved?
White Cross is able to make the impact it does because of the dedication of volunteers across the country. Primarily, volunteers are involved directly in one of the many White Cross groups who come together to
- Sew clothes and blankets
- Produce bandages
- Raise needed funds for shipping and donations
- Collect medical supplies
While these groups were traditionally women, many now include men and also offer opportunities for children and youth to participate.
Others are not directly involved in the groups and help in a variety of ways including:
- Arranging the transportation of boxes to Edmonton
- Purchasing materials
- Obtaining or donating medical and other supplies
- Building machines to help in the rolling of bandages
- And more...
What can you do?
- Support your local White Cross group in whatever way you can
- including some of the ways noted above
- Raise awareness & funds for White Cross and for your local group
- Many people are not aware of White Cross and the impact it is having in West Africa
- Local groups need funds for purchasing materials, shipping costs, etc.
- Assist in transporting boxes to Edmonton
- the cost of transporting boxes to a single location from which they can be shipped is expensive in Canada and takes away much-needed funds. Perhaps you have contacts in the shipping/trucking industry or are able to ship these boxes through your business.
- Volunteer your time and expertise
- Do you want to make a difference in our world? White Cross has been quietly making a difference for almost 100 years. Be part of this important ministry!
- Donate. Ideally, each set of donated items comes with a corresponding financial contribution to cover operational costs of shipping. Not all do, and funds are needed to help ship many vital materials (see “Who pays for shipping” in the FAQ section). Your generosity and faithful support of White Cross is changing lives in West Africa. Click here if you would like to donate online.
White Cross Forms
Use the Forms below to facilitate your communication with White Cross
Forms in PDF Format
Local Church Contact Form
Click to download the White Cross Handbook (2012 Edition)
(Despite the title, this Handbook is still being revised. Be aware that the handbook provided in this link contains some incorrect and out-of-date information.)
White Cross Handbook
Despite the title, this Handbook is still being revised. Be aware that the handbook provided in this link contains some incorrect and out-of-date information.
About White Cross
White Cross is a Christian humanitarian organization that provides medical supplies and relief goods to hospitals, health centres and rest houses in West Africa, with a primary focus on Cameroon and Nigeria.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF WHITE CROSS
For the North American Baptist (NAB) Conference, the genesis of White Cross began in 1907 with the formation of the “Allgemeiner Schwesternbund der Deutschen Baptisten von Nord Amerika” which was composed of 70 Ladies Mission Societies. In the early years of the 20th century, this group pursued projects such as the Baptist Missionary Training school in Chicago, financial support for Cameroon, and the sending of relief supplies to Europe during and after World War I.
White Cross itself grew out of the Red Cross work being done everywhere during World War I.1919 saw the American Baptist women inaugurate the White Cross program. Three years later, the North American Baptist Conference ladies joined this effort.
After World War II, they added the support of children’s homes and residences for young women in urban centers, sending supplies to North American Indian reservations where missionaries were working in education and evangelism and providing supplies for the hospitals in Cameroon. This focus on supplying the needs of hospitals has expanded significantly and is now one of the major activities of White Cross. Currently White Cross partners with the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) in Cameroon. The CBC Health Services statistics at the end of 2011 were as follows: 6 Hospitals, 24 Integrated Health Centres, 50 Primary Health Centres. Almost a million patients are served annually.
Recently, to manage growth, White Cross split into White Cross USA and White Cross Canada. White Cross Canada is based at Taylor College and Seminary in Edmonton as part of the ministry of the E P Wahl Centre.
USA Contact Link:
White Cross Site at The Quest Church,
C/O White Cross,
PO Box 1207,
Royse City, TX 75189.