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World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2016

These days, it seems we’re surrounded by bad news: devastating natural disasters, wars, violence, more extreme weather patterns, and a historic number of people displaced from their homes. But as the globe keeps on turning, it’s important to remember that there are endless positive stories to be told, too.

One of these is the story of a universal movement that transcends politics, borders, and taking sides: the global Red Cross Red Crescent network. Together, volunteers and staff in 190 countries provide help and comfort to people in need. Teams all over the world are guided by the same seven fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

May 8 is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day—a time to celebrate not only the good work of volunteers, but also the fact that a network like this exists: one that serves humanity regardless of race, color, sex, legal status, income level, or religion.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.