The American Red Cross asks everyone to give hope to people in need this holiday season through a donation to the 2013 Red Cross Holiday Campaign.
Holiday shoppers can give something that means something by visiting www.redcross.org/gifts and browsing through the 2013 Holiday Giving Catalog to purchase a variety of symbolic gifts in the name of the people on their gift list. Their purchase can support the Red Cross mission in many different ways, such as helping a disaster victim, providing comfort kits for injured members of the Armed Forces or helping supply measles vaccinations around the world.
When disaster strikes a community, people often have to leave their homes with little notice, taking nothing with them but the clothes they are wearing. Those affected have two immediate needs, food and shelter.
Shoppers can visit the Holiday Giving Catalog and buy a full day of shelter for a victim of disaster for a $50 donation. A full day of emergency shelter provides urgently needed essentials, including three meals, two blankets, one cot, snacks and personal hygiene supplies for disaster victims.
The purchase of each item from the 2013 Holiday Giving Catalog 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.