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Holiday Gifts that Support First Responders

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The American Red Cross offers shoppers meaningful gift options from its 2013 Holiday Giving Catalog.

When the commuter train derailed in New York on Sunday, teams from the American Red Cross were at the scene for days, supporting first responders with food and water. And when a home fire occurs, the Red Cross is there to offer comfort to firefighters and police officers while also supporting the impacted family.

The Red Cross not only supports people affected by disasters, but it also delivers relief to the brave people who arrive at the scene first to provide rescue and assistance.

This holiday season give something that means something. For $45, you can honor your loved one while symbolically supporting three first responders with a hot meal, water and snack for one day as they bring aid to victims of disaster.

Fast Facts

If you’re wondering how much your gift is needed, consider these facts:

  • Every year the Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters.
  • Red Cross workers help a family affected by a disaster 190 times a day.
  • Every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster in the community.
  • Your gift to support first responders will be a powerful tool in helping the Red Cross care for the heroes who show up first to the scene of an emergency.

    In Need of More Holiday Gift Ideas?

    Shoppers can browse the full Red Cross 2013 Holiday Giving Catalog for other meaningful gift ideas. Each catalog purchase 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 donate can 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.