World Red Cross Day: Celebrating volunteer heroes

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21 year-old Geetha Bissno lives in Sathighar, a remote village 4 hours north of #Kathmandu. A Nepal #RedCross team was first to reach the village since the #earthquake struck and found that nearly all the houses had been destroyed. The scale of the devastation is still being uncovered and getting to some of t​he most severely affected areas is not easy. Nepal’s mountainous terrain and poor road infrastructure means using Sherpas to carry the materials on foot up narrow mountain paths.​ We have deployed 9 disaster specialists thus far, as the #Nepal Red Cross leads the relief effort with 800+ volunteers and 300 staff. To help, click the link in our bio. Photo c/o Palani Mohan/IFRC #NepalQuake

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As temperatures in Syria plummet, many families are struggling to find shelter from the harsh winter weather. Violence has forced people to flee their homes and take refuge in cold, damp accommodation without heating or adequate clothing. See how we’re working with our colleagues in the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to provide support on redcross.org.

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Earlier this week, Terry Keagle posted this photo on our Facebook wall. It's her grandson at one of our warming shelters in Tennessee, during a recent ice storm. Thanks to your donations, we're able to help families like his during a time of need. You can help those affected by disasters by clicking the link in our bio.

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​​10 years ago today, the Indian Ocean #tsunami wreaked havoc in communities from Southeast Asia to East Africa. Yusnidar remembers, “An old man showed up and said, ‘The sea water will rise. Go run to the hill!’ We didn’t have time to take anything; even we did not have time to wear our sandals.” Yusnidar lost everything when the wave overwhelmed her home in #Aceh #Indonesia. Thanks to the generosity of donors, her family was able to recover and rebuild. Her daughter, Diana, has grown up in a home built by the #RedCross and connected to running water – something her mother never had before the tsunami. THANK YOU for helping places like Aceh build back stronger, healthier, and better prepared for future disasters that may come their way. Photo by @elijenelle #earthquake #CruzRoja #water #2004Tsunami

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“When I was affected with Ebola, I needed love. I found love. When I was in the treatment unit, I had somebody that showed me love." Jerald Dennis survived #Ebola and now volunteers with the Liberian #RedCross. Cases are declining but Ebola isn’t over. One year on, the virus will not be gone in any country until it is gone from every country. As part of the #WordsAgainstEbola campaign, Jerald chose “love.” Share your word at wordsagainstebola.org. #CroixRouge #Liberia #Africa #volunteer #survivor #love

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Kids wait to take food parcels for their families in southern #Syria. This week marks 4 years of fighting in the country. Nearly half the population has fled their homes in search of safety. As the needs of families caught in the conflict continue to increase, so does the response of the #RedCross #RedCrescent. Often putting their lives at risk, volunteers traverse Syria and bordering countries to deliver critical aid to families. Photo by Ibrahim Malla/IFRC #SARC #CruzRoja​

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The 7.8 magnitude #NepalEarthquake was followed by at least 15 aftershocks, causing further damage to buildings and intensifying concern among families, many of whom are outside, afraid to return to their homes. #RedCross volunteers and staff are continuing search & rescue efforts, administering first aid, and providing blood to medical facilities. #Nepal photo c/o @international_federation

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May 8th is International Red Cross Day, celebrated each year on the birthday of International Committee of the Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant.

The International Red Cross organization has been saving lives all over the world since the ICRC was established in 1863. The humanitarian group now operates out of 189 countries and counting, rushing to the aid of those who need it most. The ICRC's website breaks down their work into the following categories:

Via RedCross.org

"Today, the supporters, volunteers and employees of the American Red Cross provide compassionate care in five critical areas:


People affected by disasters in America
Support for members of the military and their families
Blood collection, processing and distribution
Health and safety education and training
International relief and development"


The Red Cross has once again earned global attention following their heroic efforts in the wake of Nepal's crisis. If you're looking for a way to assist this invaluable organization, the Red Cross suggests these methods of contribution.
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