World Red Cross Day: Celebrating volunteer heroes

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:


"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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