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Comfort Kits Welcome Injured Members of the Military

...give hope to people in need this holiday season...

The American Red Cross asks everyone to give hope to people in need this holiday season through a donation to the 2013 Red Cross Holiday Campaign.

Holiday shoppers can give something that means something by visiting and browsing through the 2013 Holiday Giving Catalog to purchase a variety of symbolic gifts in the name of the people on their gift list. Their purchase can support the Red Cross mission in many different ways, such as helping a disaster victim, providing comfort kits for injured members of the Armed Forces or helping supply measles vaccinations around the world.

The Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces offers support to members of the military, veterans and their families. One of these services is delivering emergency messages to members of the Armed Forces no matter where they are in the world. Another is welcoming injured service members at military hospitals with Red Cross comfort kits.

Shoppers can visit the Holiday Giving Catalog and buy a military comfort kit for a $50 donation. The journey from the battlefield to the hospital can be long and uncomfortable and many make the trip without any personal items. Red Cross military comfort kits contain items like a robe, shower shoes, toiletries and a music gift card.

The purchase of each item from the 2013 Holiday Giving Catalog is a tax-deductible contribution that supports the mission of the Red Cross. The catalog gifts are contributions toward a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item. Those who participate will receive free gifts such as a Red Cross Water Bottle for a donation of $100 or more or a Family First Aid Kit for a donation of $200 or more.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.