"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly." -- President Theodore Roosevelt
A recent writer lamented the tragedies in Egypt and Syria and had no clue what to do to mitigate the suffering. The writer discouraged donations to the Red Cross. I encourage the writer to visit www.ifrc.org to see the tremendous work being done by the International Red Cross. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable and suffering people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is neutral and can go places and do things that no other organizations are trusted to do.
In Syria, it has provided food assistance to more than 2 million people, household items to 275,898 families, health care to 238,527 people and water and sanitation to more than 16,121,000 people. Most of this support is provided through volunteer service. Its annual report reflects a 3.45 percent administrative expense charge.
The American Red Cross spends 91 cents of every dollar on humanitarian aid. The work force is 96 percent volunteers. It shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to displaced people. It supplies half of the nation's blood needs. It teaches life-saving skills and support military families.
Locally, year-to-date the Palmetto Chapter has provided disaster relief to 1,105 families and 4,430 individuals. The Red Cross needs support, financially and from volunteers. To join, call 843-757-7437. You can make a difference.