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'Tis the Season to Shop the Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog


During the holiday season, the American Red Cross asks everyone to support Red Cross programs and services by browsing through the Red Cross 2011 Holiday Giving Catalog and giving a gift that means something.

Shoppers can choose from a variety of symbolic gifts and make purchases in honor of folks on their gift list. The “purchases” come with greeting cards to let the person know they’ve been remembered with a gift to the Red Cross. Each gift item purchase is a tax-deductible donation that helps support the Red Cross mission to provide relief to those in need.

To support the holiday campaign, the Red Cross has unveiled a series of advertisements featuring an animated character who strives to do the right thing. The television ads focus on giving meaningful gifts and feature the voice of actor Ted Danson, who donated his time to the Red Cross.

It’s been a busy year for the Red Cross. Emergencies like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires kept Disaster Services on the go. Service to the Armed Forces workers provided assistance to more than 386,000 members of the military and their families, veterans and civilians.

Red Cross Blood Services distributed more than nine million blood products for patients in hospitals across the United States. More than 8.2 million people enrolled in Red Cross classes such as first aid and CPR, aquatics and water safety. And across the globe, the American Red Cross responded to disasters and public health emergencies in more than 60 countries as part of the global Red Cross network.

The Holiday Giving Catalog is brimming with terrific holiday gifts. Some of the more popular catalog items include blankets for a disaster victim, kits for wounded service members filled with things like a robe, shower shoes, toiletries and a phone card, vaccinations that help save lives around the world and sponsorship of a Red Cross disaster vehicle.

Free Red Cross vintage water bottles will go to anyone giving a minimum of $100. Those giving a minimum of $200 will receive a vintage messenger bag, and for a minimum of $300, people will receive a Red Cross family first aid kit.

Gifts purchased through the Red Cross 2011 Holiday Giving Catalog are tax-deductible contributions to the overall Red Cross mission. Items are symbolic of the work of the Red Cross, not a donation to a specific project or item.