World Red Cross Red Crescent Day: Celebrating the Volunteers

Every year on May 8, we celebrate World Red Cross Red Crescent Day. It's an opportunity to recognize the fact that all around the world, every hour of every day, the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is at work. Today we pay tribute to the amazing efforts of volunteers and staff around the globe, who go out saving lives and changing minds. 

They're hard at work in Syria, transporting the sick and wounded. They're hard at work in Mexico, ensuring that vulnerable migrants -- especially minors -- have access to medical services. They're hard at work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, providing help and support to the victims of sexual violence. They're hard at work responding to the Alberta fires in Canada. They're everywhere and they are there for everyone. 

Here in the US, many people volunteer to give blood to the American Red Cross. Listen to this StoryCorps clip featuring Samantha Cohen and her mother, Kelleye Cohen, talking about how those life-saving blood donations have helped Samantha, who was diagnosed with Sickle Cell disease at birth, and has required more than 1,000 blood transfusions over the past 14 years. Kelleye begins by talking to her inspirational daughter about the time Samantha came home following brain surgery.  

#redcrescentday #redcrossday

Thanks to all the Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers who work so selflessly and tirelessly to make the world a better place.