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Santa Shops American Red Cross Holiday Catalog

12/6/12 Santa Shops American Red Cross Holiday Catalog

Photo caption: Santa shops the Red Cross Catalog as Michael Kempesty, CEO, American Red Cross Blood Services, Northern New England, and Maria White, CEO American Red Cross, NH Region share gift ideas on December 3, 2012 in Keene, NH.

CONCORD, NH, December 5, 2012, - As Americans look for more meaningful ways to give this holiday season, the Red Cross is offering its 2012 Holiday Giving Catalog, which includes a variety of symbolic gifts in the form of donations that support Red Cross programs.

Donors can help vaccinate an entire village in a third world country, provide food and shelter to a disaster victim, help purchase items like phone cards and supplies for members of the Armed Forces or help supply basic necessities to families in desperate need across the world. Catalog purchases also come with greeting cards than can be sent to your friends and family when you make a donation in lieu of a gift and to show others your Red Cross support during the holidays. The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution and provides support to the mission of the Red Cross. Please visit http://www.redcross.org/gifts to order your gift today.

“We are grateful for the generous donations by the American public,” said Maria White, CEO of American Red Cross New Hampshire “The Red Cross, like other nonprofits, relies on funding throughout the year to support its mission to assist those who need our help. Beyond large-scale disasters, the Red Cross responds to the needs of the community every day by attending to home fire victims, members of the Armed Forces and those seeking preparedness information.”

In the past year, American Red Cross of New Hampshire has responded to 297 disasters across the region; primarily house fires affecting 717 individuals. “The Red Cross helps people in need everywhere and every day, and financial donations are critical to allowing us to serve our community,” White said. “We are helping people here in our community as well as across the nation, just as we do all year round.” Please join us today and give something that means something!

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 redcross.org/nh or call us at 1-800-464-6692. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Hampshire at P.O. Box 2528, Concord, NH 03302-2528. Please consider joining us as we empower others to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies.