The Red Cross aims to relieve human suffering in disasters and emergencies. It serves to preserve life and establish respect for all across the globe. It depends heavily on volunteers and donors to help it achieve its mission.
The Red Cross was initially established to assist those wounded in battle. Over the years, its mission has grown to an international one with an intent to end human suffering wherever it exists. It still helps those in the military, as well as veterans, with support, training and emergency communications.
The Red Cross helps people in crisis situations, such as floods, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes. It delivers food, clothing, shelter and health services to those in need, ultimately helping families and communities become stable again.
The Red Cross also collects blood donations to help those in need. It offers courses in First Aid, CPR, preparedness, child care and lifeguard training to first responders, educators and anyone else interested in assisting those in emergency situations.
The Red Cross is an impartial, neutral and independent entity that does not discriminate on the basis of race, politics, or religion, and is barred from engaging in controversy. It works in conjunction with other humanitarian organizations to provide swift help in sudden times of need.