This holiday season the American Red Cross is urging people to give something that means something by making a financial donation through the 2013 Holiday Donor Challenge campaign. You can give hope to local families in need and DOUBLE the impact of your contribution through a matching gift incentive.
Thanks to the generosity of Monica C. Watson, the first $20,000 in financial contributions to the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross will be matched this holiday season. Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar in support of the vital programs and services provided to area residents by the Red Cross. Your donation can help save the day when fire destroys a neighbor’s house, when a patient needs blood, or when a member of the military has a family emergency back home.
“We ask people to be generous in their support of the Red Cross this holiday season, and help us to provide assistance and relief to local neighbors in need,” said Vicki LaBelle, Executive Director for the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We know these are difficult times for families and businesses across our nation. That’s why we’re grateful for the ability to offer supporters this opportunity to double the impact of their holiday donation through this incredible matching gift incentive.”
Your tax-deductible contribution can be made by:
Mail or In Person: American Red Cross, Cape Fear Chapter 1102 South 16th St., Wilmington NC 28401
Office Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Two thousand and thirteen has been a busy year for the American Red Cross. Red Cross chapters responded to more nearly 70,000 disasters across the country, including major relief operations for wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres; tornadoes that destroyed entire towns; and flooding that left communities under water.
Over the past year, our local Cape Fear Chapter has provided the following vital programs and services in fulfillment of the Red Cross mission:
Responded to 146 local disasters (primarily home fires) and provided more than $94,000 in direct assistance and relief to 161 families (508 individuals) including 194 children (age 17 and under).
Disseminated Community Disaster Education information and materials to 17,185 area residents at 70 community events throughout our five-county jurisdiction.
Made 1,325 client referrals to other community agencies and resources.Supported 495 area blood drives through which 16,368 units of blood were collected and distributed to area hospitals to meet the needs of local patients; each unit of blood has to the potential to help up to 3 patients. Facilitated emergency communications and other assistance for 536 military members and their families. Provided "Get To Know Us" information to 246 military members and their families and delivered more than 2,500 holiday cards and cookies to active duty and veteran service members and their families across our five counties. Trained 2,878 area residents in first aid, CPR, babysitter's training, water safety and other lifesaving skills through certification courses taught by local Red Cross instructors.
Reached 301,099 community members through electronic and interactive health and safety course materials and other preparedness information accessed through redcross.org, Red Cross social media sites, and via free Red Cross apps that can be downloaded for Android and Apple devices.
Assisted with 3 international tracing cases and one international information and referral request. And, mobilized volunteer resources and financial support from our community to aid in relief efforts across the country in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy, The Oklahoma Tornadoes, and the Western wildfires and floods to name a few.
All of this was made possible through the dedicated service of nearly 450 volunteers, a handful of paid staff members, and the generous support of nearly 2,000 local financial donors, and thousands of area blood donors.
The work of the American Red Cross impacts lives every day, and it is only through the continued generosity of our donors, partners, and volunteers that this is possible.