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Give Today, Make a Difference in 2011

The presents have been opened and people are looking ahead to the New Year, but there is still time to give a gift to the American Red Cross that could save the day for someone in need.

With many people making charitable contributions at the end of the year as part of their holiday tradition, actress Jane Seymour today did interviews with a number of television and radio outlets on the importance of giving to the Red Cross.

Seymour, a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, donates her time to help highlight the important work of the Red Cross. She explained in her interviews how a donation to the Red Cross can help people in need whether they are down the street, across the country or around the world. And she noted that when people help an organization such as the Red Cross, they are also helping themselves.

“If you look around, there’s always someone in need of help,” Seymour said. “If you reach out to them, it helps you too. The American Red Cross is a perfect way to help others.”

Donations can be made to the Red Cross at or by telephone at 1-800-REDCROSS. In addition, mobile phone users can text GIFT to 90999 to make a $25 donation to the Red Cross. If you make a charitable donation before the end of the year, you can receive a tax deduction for 2010.

Your donation can provide:

Comfort kits for wounded warriors — The journey from field to hospital for a wounded veteran can be lonely and frightening. You can make sure that a wounded patriot arriving at a military or VA hospital is welcomed with a Red Cross Comfort Kit. Each kit contains meaningful items such as a phone card, robe and shower shoes, toiletry items, calendar and an iTunes card.

Phone cards for U.S. service members — You can make sure that active duty service members and wounded warriors can get in touch with family and friends, and help make being away from home just a little more bearable.

Food and shelter — Disaster victims face many urgent needs, but a Red Cross response always begins with a safe place to sleep, hot food and emotional support. You can provide these essentials for one victim for an entire day, including three meals, a cot, two blankets and personal supplies. Give a family the basics they need to survive and begin to rebuild their lives.

Measles vaccinations — Despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine, measles still kills an estimated 450 people each day, mostly children. Together with our Measles Initiative partners, the Red Cross educates families about the dangers of this disease and encourages mothers to bring in their children for measles vaccinations. For less than $1, we can vaccinate a child against measles and provide lifetime protection against this deadly disease.

Warm blankets — In a disaster, children and families can be at risk of exposure and hypothermia. Give warm, cozy blankets that will protect them from the cold, and help them sleep comfortably in our shelters.

These are just some of the services the Red Cross provides to people in need around the world. Visit to see more from our Holiday Giving Catalog, and give a donation that will make a difference.