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Holiday Giving Catalog Helps Support First-Responders

This holiday, give a meal and a snack to a firefighter, police officer or National Guardsman who is helping people affected by a disaster. A gift of $45 to the American Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog can help provide three first-responders with a hot meal and a snack for a day.

When dozens of tornadoes ripped through Alabama last April, the American Red Cross was there within moments of the disaster, providing shelter, warm meals, personal necessities, health services and a shoulder to lean on.

At the same time, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency and mobilized 1,400 Alabama National Guardsmen to help with search and rescue operations, debris removal and security assistance to local law enforcement agencies.

In all, the Red Cross served 1.4 million meals and snacks to Alabamians. Some of those meals and snacks fed National Guardsmen and other first-responders working to provide emergency community assistance.

Help those on the scene when disaster strikes.

In this photo, Red Cross volunteer Anthony Muscolino gives a hot meal and a thank you to Guardsman Roderek Farrey. Volunteer Jennifer Briggs looks on from the window of a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle. All three were tirelessly at work in Concord, Alabama, a small community near Birmingham leveled by the storm.

Muscolino, a volunteer from the Greater Rochester Chapter (New York), and Briggs, a volunteer deployed from the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina (Columbia), were two of 2,600 Red Cross workers responding to the devastation.