World Red Cross Day is May 8, and the organization is encouraging you to celebrate its founder’s birthday by donating blood.
Henry Dunant founded the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement after witnessing a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy in 1859. Dunant, a Swiss businessman, organized local people to come to the aid of the injured soldiers. When he returned to Geneva, he called for the creation of a national volunteer relief society to help during wartime. Today, more than 180 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies exist worldwide.
If you’d like to donate blood, these are the scheduled drives through May 29: