The International Committee of the Red Cross works in more than 80 countries around the world, helping people affected by armed conflict and violence. And we are part of a larger global Red Cross movement, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which provides assistance after natural disasters such as earthquakes and cyclones, and National Societies, such as the American Red Cross in the United States. Collectively, the global Red Cross operates in more than 190 countries, with the help of more than 17 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers. It's a close-knit family, working together globally to alleviate human suffering. Here in D.C., like in many countries, that closeness is also represented spatially--the American Red Cross headquarters are located just down the street from our delegation--and we often work with them on areas of mutual interest and priority, such as the promotion of international humanitarian law.
Today, the American Red Cross celebrates Giving Day. Giving Day shines a light on the families we help and the work of the Red Crossers who are there to support them in their time of need. Nearly every eight minutes, a family in the U.S. loses who everything to a home fire or other disaster. For those families, the American Red Cross is there, responding to nearly 80,000 disaster big and small every year. On Giving Day, a simple tweet enables you to help one of those families.
To help support the work of the American Red Cross, we encourage you to follow the American Red Cross on Twitter and Facebook and share your own family photos on your social media accounts as part of the Giving Day social media campaign. It could be a photo of you as kid, an “awkward family photo” (we all have them!) or one from present day. Tag your post with the hashtag #help1family. Every time you use the #help1family hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, Craig Newmark will donate $1 to the Red Cross up to $25,000.
Learn more here.