With respect to all participants . . anecdotal evidence about incidents in WWII have very little relevence to todays Red Cross. I can't vouch directly for the US 'arm' but I do have many first- and second-hand accounts of genuine "good works" in recent times, at home and abroad. Certainly many of their helpers are upper middle class matrons who can REALLY get up my nose at times, but that's very much the trivial end of what they do. And their management has changed completely since WW-II.