Mildred Collins was born in St. Kitts, West Indies, and received an excellent early education. As a child, her mother instilled in her a sense of civic mindedness. In 1931, at age 13, she joined the Girl Guides of St. Kitts and her spirit of volunteerism was born. With a burning desire to help the poor and the ill, Ms. Collins joined the Red Cross to accomplish her goal. As a volunteer she learned how to care for the sick , the hungry and the less fortunate from all walks of life. It was her volunteer work with the Red Cross that helped her realize her niche in life.