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Red Cross Holiday Campaign Gives Hope to Those in Need


During the 2012 holiday season, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to support the Red Cross mission by giving something meaningful - giving hope to those in need.

The 2012 American Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign runs through the end of the year. People can support Red Cross services by making a financial donation, giving blood, or signing a holiday card for a member of the Armed Forces.

"In the true spirit of the season, we are asking people to make a lifesaving blood donation, to sign a card for our military heroes, or buy a gift through our holiday giving catalog," said Gary Striar, CEO of the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. "Together we can spread hope to those in need - victims of disaster, hospital patients, those in the military."

HOLIDAY GIVING CATALOG: As people look for gift ideas this year, the Red Cross offers its 2012 Holiday Giving Catalog, through which people can support Red Cross programs by purchasing a variety of symbolic gifts. Shoppers can buy food and shelter for a disaster victim, phone cards for members of the military, vaccinations for an entire village and many other gift ideas. Catalog purchases come with greeting cards shoppers can send to a friend or loved one, letting them know a donation has been made in their name. The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution and provides support to 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.

REMEMBER OUR MILITARY: Deployments and hospital stays keep many of our nation's heroes away from their loved ones during the holidays. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have been collaborating on the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, collecting and distributing cards to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. The public is invited to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer until December 7 to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending "care packages," monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More information and card requirements are on the Red Cross web site. Send support. Send a holiday card to members of the Armed Forces this holiday season. Just say thanks - we'll do the rest.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD: Give blood this holiday season and people won't just be spreading joy. They'll be spreading hope as well. As many as 44,000 blood donations are needed every day across the country to meet the needs of hospital patients. During the holiday season, it is very difficult to collect enough blood for those who need it. People get busy with their holiday preparations and celebrations and giving blood is not a priority. The Red Cross asks those who are able to please give blood during the 2012 holiday season. To schedule a blood donation or for more information, people cancall 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

About our Holiday Partners:

During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for the support of our corporate partners that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They include: University of Phoenix, Circle K West Coast Division, and the Community Safety Foundation, funded by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange. Thanks to the generosity of these and other sponsors, the Red Cross is able to carry out its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies everyday here and around the world. Each holiday season the Red Cross gives everyone the chance to support our work by giving blood, signing a card for military heroes or buying a gift through our holiday catalog. To support the Red Cross this Holiday Season, visit

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 join our blog at