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Thanks for Giving

Celebrities give thanks for giving tuesday donors

Among the celebrities helping support the Red Cross on Giving Tuesday were Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet members Josh Duhamel, Jamie Lee Curtis and Trace Adkins.

Love the spirit of this day and the power of these stories.

We would like to thank everyone who went online as part of Giving Tuesday yesterday and showed their support for the American Red Cross.

Throughout the day there was an uptick in donations to the 2013 Red Cross Holiday Campaign as symbolic items from the 2013 Red Cross Holiday Gift Catalog were featured on various social media outlets. Our generous celebrity and corporate partners urged people to show their support for the Red Cross and its lines of service. More than 35 celebrities raised awareness of how the Red Cross helps people in need by sharing the narrative of a Red Cross Storyteller and how they survived or thrived in a life-threatening situation.

We would like to thank the following for their Giving Tuesday support:

Trace Adkins, Greg Biffle, Betty Buckley, Jim Cantore, Katie Couric, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rocsi Diaz, Josh Duhamel, Carmen Electra, Sara Evans, Willie Garson, Leeza Gibbons, Catherine Giudici, Amy Grant, IM5, Angie Johnson, Wynonna Judd, Heidi Klum, Nina Lisandrello, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Lowe, Marlee Matlin, Jesse McCartney, Reba McEntire, Dr. Phil McGraw, Nancy O’Dell, Keke Palmer, Rosie Pope, Elisabeth Rohm, Michael W. Smith, Santigold and Chad Warrix.

Corporate sponsors included CSAA Insurance, Circle K West and Florida, University of Phoenix and Mazda USA, who each adopted a two-hour time slot to ask the public for their support for the Red Cross.

HOW YOU CAN HELP If someone missed Giving Tuesday, they can still support the Red Cross 2013 Holiday Campaign by visiting to purchase a variety of symbolic gifts in the name of the people on their gift list.

The holiday gift catalog includes items such as:

  • Hot meals, a warm blanket or a full day of shelter for a victim of disaster
  • A comfort kit for an injured service member containing things such as a robe, shower shoes, toiletries and a music gift card
  • First aid and CPR online courses to help caregivers learn what to do when a medical emergency occurs
  • Infant care supplies for babies caught up in a disaster, items such as formula, diapers and more
  • Vaccinations to help people, especially children, around the world avoid contracting what can be a deadly disease
  • The purchase of each gift item 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.

    Other ways you can give something that means something include:

  • Make a financial donation to the Red Cross
  • Schedule an appointment to give blood
  • Give the gift of your time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer
  • 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.