Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross helps someone in need in this country. This holiday season, the Red Cross is asking everyone to remember those who need help and give something that means something.
Holiday shoppers can visit www.redcross.org/gifts and browsing through the 2014 Holiday Gift 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.
HELP FOR OUR MILITARY The Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces offers support to members of the military, veterans and their families. The catalog contains items for shoppers who have a legacy of military service in their family and would like to support our service to members of the military.
COMFORT KITS Many injured service members make the long journey from the battlefield to the hospital without any personal items. You can purchase a symbolic military comfort kit in someone’s name for as little as $50 and help the Red Cross warmly welcome these service members at a military hospital with comfort kits filled with items such as a robe, shower shoes, toiletries and a music gift card.
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS Being separated from family is difficult, especially in times of an emergency. That’s why the Red Cross is there to deliver urgent messages to service members who may need to return home to attend to family. The Red Cross is the only organization trusted to provide this service because of our longstanding relationship with the military, as well as our principles of neutrality and independence. Shoppers can help link a member of the armed forces with their loves ones during an emergency for a symbolic gift of $80 through the Holiday Gift Catalog.
RECONNECTION WORKSHOPS For many members of the military, returning from deployment and readjusting to home life can be difficult. Red Cross Reconnection Workshops are small-group classes led by mental health professionals who help rebuild military families by teaching skills like communicating clearly, working through anger, identifying PTSD and depression and more. For as little as $30, you can buy a symbolic gift and help restore these lives today.
The purchase of each item from the 2014 Holiday Gift 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 Red Cross fleece blanket for a donation of $200 or more.
Give something that means something during this holiday season. Help the Red Cross support those in need here at home and around the globe.