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Facebook Launches Campaign to Support Red Cross Ebola Efforts

Stop Ebola

Jerald Dennis works as a volunteer for the Liberian Red Cross.

It’s time to join the fight. Let’s support the heroes working on the ground to stop this disease and save lives.

Today, some Facebook users will notice a new donate feature in their News Feed. The company launched a global campaign to raise awareness and funds for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Medical Corps and Save the Children to support Ebola relief efforts in West Africa.

Over the next week, people on Facebook will see a message at the top of their News Feed with an option to donate to the Red Cross and the two additional featured charities. Donations made to the Red Cross will directly support Ebola relief efforts on the ground. People will also have the option to share that they donated on Facebook.

Donations from Facebook users will support the global Red Cross network with disease prevention education efforts, delivery of medical care and assistance with safe and dignified burials to help people in areas affected by Ebola.

In September, the Red Cross opened a 60-bed treatment center in one of Sierra Leone’s districts hardest hit by the outbreak. More than 4,000 volunteers have been mobilized in these countries and plan to bring prevention information and education to millions of people at risk. The global Red Cross network has deployed more than 165 people to the region since the outbreak began.

People in more than 30 countries will be able to donate through Facebook. The donate feature is currently available on iOS, Android and the mobile web.

To make a donation and to learn more about the campaign visit: or the Facebook Newsroom.

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.