A girl donates money to a Lebanese Red Cross volunteer in the Beirut southern suburb of Mar Mekhayel on May 10, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Holding donation boxes, volunteers from the Lebanese Red Cross stood in the streets for hours, hoping to collect enough money for the organization to continue its 70-year-old relief mission.Established in 1945, the LRC has long provided vital services to those in need.The group depends on 7,000 volunteers, distributed across various centers around the country. Its volunteers work in 46 emergency centers and four operation rooms.The Red Cross also invests heavily in child services, with 1,400 of its volunteers working in youth centers. In 2014, the LRC said 244,310 missions were carried out by emergency and ambulance teams, and another 451,381 by medical and social service workers. Although the LRC receives support from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the Health Ministry, the lack of adequate funding remains a major issue.
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