The American Red Cross Holiday Gift Catalog is one way you can help those in need this holiday season while honoring a friend, family member or colleague with your financial donation, but there are also other easy ways to support the humanitarian services and mission of the Red Cross – including ways to give while you shop this holiday season!
Give While You Shop at Circle K
If you’re heading out to shop at your local Circle K store on the West Coast or in Florida, look for collection canisters at checkout to make an easy contribution to the Red Cross. In addition to collecting customer donations this holiday season, Circle K stores in the West Coast division are providing holiday stockings for needy children and care packages for our troops, and Florida Circle K corporate offices are collecting cards in support of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
Drive for Good with Mazda
Whether you’re in the market for a car for yourself or looking to make someone else’s holiday merry and bright with an extra special gift, Mazda and its Dealers invite you to drive for good this season. When you lease or purchase a new Mazda vehicle during the Mazda Drive for Good Event now through January 4, 2016, Mazda provides you with the opportunity to direct a $150 donation to the Red Cross among other charities. And, when you test-drive a Mazda vehicle now through January 4, Mazda employees will pledge an hour of volunteer time to worthy causes, including the Red Cross.
You Shop, Amazon Gives
Sign on to AmazonSmile and designate the American Red Cross as your preferred charity, and then begin your virtual shopping trips at smile.amazon.com. You’ll find the same selection and prices as on www.amazon.com, but when you check out, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of each eligible item to the Red Cross.
Give Something that Means Something with eBay
From December 10 to December 17, visit ebay.com/americanredcross to bid on one-of-a-kind celebrity items and experiences to benefit the Red Cross . This special eBay for Charity Celebrity Fundraiser includes a range of items from star-studded activities, like tickets for four to attend a taping of LIVE with Kelly and Michael and a special concert experience with Amy Grant, to celebrity memorabilia, including a signed football by two-time Super Bowl champ Damien Woody, and more! Remember, to win, you've got to bid!
Give 101 Percent with PayPal
Throughout the month of December, when you donate to the Red Cross through the PayPal Giving Fund, PayPal will add 1 percent to every donation made. And, PayPal passes on 100 percent of every donation made to the Red Cross.
Text to Give, Sunoco Gives Too
Texting to give is a great way to pay it forward. This holiday season, Sunoco would like to help make your donation twice as nice. When you text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10* financial donation to Disaster Relief during December, Sunoco will match your gift dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.
Give of Yourself
Of course financial donations are critical to the operation of nonprofit organizations, but the Red Cross also relies heavily on and is so grateful for those who can give of themselves – people who volunteer their time and blood to help others. Medical treatments, disasters and other emergencies that require either blood donations or workers to support a disaster response don’t take a holiday, so the need for help is constant. With busier than usual schedules and travel plans, these human resources are areas that tend to run in short supply during this season. Donating as little as an hour of your time to donate blood in the name of a loved one, you can make a difference in up to three lives. Or work with your company to host a blood drive for an even greater impact or sign up to become a Red Cross volunteer. You can learn more about how donating your time or blood can literally save a life by visiting redcross.org.
Whether you shop the Red Cross holiday catalog, make a contribution through one of these generous companies or donate your blood or time, you will reap the joy that comes from giving something that means something this holiday season.