Charity can be a part of a hobby of stamp collecting. This statement is proved by the fact that a French designer Agnès b. has designed a handful of French postage stamps to benefit the French Red Cross. The designer's stamps, which carry such sayings as “The Red Cross was made from love and courage” and “Together with the Red Cross”, will be sold throughout the world and the considerable amount of money got from their sale will be donated to the French Red Cross.
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Deciding on "simple, airy, and pure forms that are a little bit like a child's drawings", the Paris-based designer said she "tried to find something, which is a metaphor of my love for the Red Cross, by inspiring me of the actions in which I had the privilege to be associated with….There is at first a heart, which I created during the siege of Sarajevo [in the early Nineties] and which was sold for the benefit of the displaced population.
The Red Cross has done a lot for those people who remained locked into the city for three years. There are also arrows, which symbolize the influence of the Red Cross and illustrate its presence all around the world during wars, natural disasters and humanitarian crisis. Finally, there is an ambulance from where the red crosses rise, as heart clouds.…It could date from the Twenties, the Fifties, or from the future.
"A heart, some arrows, an ambulance… these are symbols which people understand very well. I truly believe in human intelligence and the heart. I wish that these stamps solicit both, because the commitment expressed through the expression 'together with Red Cross' also solicits intelligence and the heart", she said.