Red Cross Partners with GiveCorps

Amidst the tragedy of Superstorm Sandy it is easy to forget that the Red Cross is also hard at work right here in Maryland providing disaster relief to about three families every day.

Philanthropist is a word that can conjure an old-fashioned image—the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. The American Red Cross is ready to help change that by plugging into new technology and partnering with a local company. GiveCorps, whose motto is “You don’t have to be rich to be a philanthropist,” is a Baltimore based online community of givers, of all ages and incomes, who want make a difference by supporting of local causes. Starting Thursday, the Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region will be the GiveCorps featured charity for one week only.

Amidst the swirl of media coverage about the thousands affected by Superstorm Sandy it is easy to forget that the Red Cross is also hard at work right here in Maryland providing disaster relief to about three families every day—most of them the victims of home fires. When fire strikes, the things we take for granted everyday are gone—shelter, food, clothes—and it can happen to anyone. A donation of $10, $20, $50 or more can make a huge difference in providing emergency relief to Marylanders in their times of need.

GiveCorps and the Red Cross share many values including the idea that help starts locally and that to provide aid one does not need to be rich to be powerful. These are ideas demonstrated by the fact almost all the work done by the Red Cross, over 90%, is thanks to our volunteers and that the majority of donations the Red Cross receives are not from big companies but from individuals. The organization also does not receive any government funding.

Please support the Red Cross’ work in Maryland from December 6 - December 12 by visiting www.givecorps.com and making a donation. In acknowledgement of your gift, GiveCorps sponsor Alonso’s Loco Hombre will give you $20 off your purchase of $50 or more.

More than twice a day the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region provides basic needs to disaster victims such as emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling to Maryland families after disasters thanks to major support from donors to the United Way campaigns in Maryland. Each day the Red Cross also provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information or to donate, please visit www.redcross.org/cmd or Tweet us at www.twitter.com/RedCrossMD.