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Resolve to Help Someone Else with a Tax Deductible Donation

The approaching new year is a time when many people make resolutions, and the American Red Cross is urging people to resolve to help someone else with a tax-deductable donation to the Red Cross before the clock strikes midnight on 2011.

The Red Cross helped hundreds of thousands of people whose lives were forever changed by disasters in 2011, from tornadoes, floods, wildfires and hurricanes in the U.S. to earthquakes and other disasters around the world. In the U.S., the American Red Cross launched 137 domestic disaster relief operations in 46 states and territories to help people affected by fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. In addition, major international disasters included the Japan earthquake and tsunami response and the continuing work following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Many people make charitable contributions at the end of the year as part of their holiday tradition, and the Red Cross depends on donations to provide hope, help and compassion, not only during disasters, but every day.

Help those on the scene when disaster strikes.

That’s why the Red Cross is urging people to donate at, by check or phone to give something that means something, before the New Year.

In addition, people can still go to the American Red Cross Holiday Gift Catalog and buy a symbolic gift. These also are tax-deductible contributions to the overall Red Cross mission.

Is there a legacy of military service in your family? If so, people can purchase a gift that brings comfort to our veterans, members of the military and their families. The Holiday Gift Catalog offers military comfort kits filled with a phone card, robe, shower shoes, toiletries and an MP3 music gift card for wounded warriors. You’ll also be able to make a donation in support of phone cards to help a deployed service member call home, caregiver training for a wounded service member’s family and toiletry kits for homeless veterans.

Has the Red Cross assisted someone you know during a disaster? Your gift can honor that person, and provide food, shelter, comfort and hope to another person wrestling with the aftermath of a disaster. Donations can support warm, cozy blankets to wrap around a woman standing in her yard this winter just after her house has burned to the ground; hot meals to make sure no one goes hungry when a disaster strikes; or a toothbrush, soap and other essential personal care supplies for a child sheltered from a storm.

For those with global interests, the Holiday Gift Catalog contains a number of gifts to bring Red Cross services to people in crisis overseas. These include emergency water containers to help families collect and store clean water, tarps to provide temporary shelter and shovels to dig ditches when floods threaten..

What better way to finish 2011with early action on a resolution by giving a helping hand?