The Red Cross Sees a Surge in Volunteers

The Red Cross, the world’s largest humanitarian network, has reported that despite the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of new volunteers have stepped up to give their time this year.

On December 5, 2020, International Volunteers Day, the American Red Cross saw more than 78,000 new sign-ups. Additionally, the Italian Red Cross welcomed nearly 60,000 new volunteers as part of its ‘Time of Kindness’ campaign; and the Netherlands logged 48,000 new volunteer registrations. Further, Kenya is training 35,000 new volunteers to perform vital tasks in local communities.

Other countries that saw surges in volunteers included: Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, and Tuvalu (an island country in the west-central Pacific with no recorded cases of COVID-19).The surge in volunteers will help the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reach tens of millions of people in almost every country and continue to respond to natural disasters.

Source: Good News Network