an international organization that takes care of people suffering because of war or natural disasters. Its full name is the International Movement of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. Culture The organization was founded in 1864. The symbol of the Red Cross is a red cross on a white background. There are Red Cross Societies in many countries around the world, including Britain and the US, which work as part of the international organization and also provide help locally in cases of need. The American Red Cross organizes the system of blood donation by volunteers.