The American Red Cross Urges You to Bring Hope and Help this Holiday
At 9-months-old, Jakenzie Bradford is one of the youngest staying at this Monroe, Louisiana, Red Cross shelter. She and her family where displaced when floodwaters entered their home nearly a week ago. The Red Cross provides a safe place where children and families can feel comfortable and secure as they begin the road to recovery after disasters like floods.
Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross
Lumberton resident Sierra and her family have spent the last week and a half sleeping on cots pushed together to form one giant bed at the Red Cross shelter. “My two older ones, Mackenzie and Jacobie, have enjoyed the time playing with all of the other kids including their cousins staying here too, but my little one is clinging close to his mama,” says Sierra. Little Christian is celebrating his 5th birthday in just a few days and will most likely be celebrating in the shelter since the family’s home was flooded and now needs completely gutted. Despite that Sierra plans to celebrate his birthday in style and no doubt the Red Cross volunteers will help make the day special.
Photo by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross
Support the Humanitarian Needs of the Red Cross Mission and Give Back to Those Who Need it Most
WASHINGTON, D.C. [Thursday, November 17, 2016] — With 2016 being a record year for record weather-related, devastating disasters, the Red Cross is appealing to the public to “Give Something That Means Something” by donating to the Red Cross Holiday Giving campaign to support people in their darkest hours: whether someone who has lost everything in a disaster, a hospital patient who needs blood, or a military family facing an emergency this holiday season.
The Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign offers a way to donate gifts that uniquely give back while supporting the organization’s mission. Individuals can choose from three essential giving opportunities:
1. Gifts that help disaster victims: blankets, hot meals, or a full day of emergency shelter
2. Gifts that help our military: comfort kits for service members, therapy support programs for ill and injured service members, veterans, and their families
3. Gifts that help internationally: vaccinations to save children’s lives around the world
“It’s such a gratifying feeling to give something that brings help and hope to those who need it most,” says American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern. “The Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign offers both gift-givers and receivers the opportunity to experience the joy of giving this holiday season by supporting a family who’s lost everything to disaster, providing comfort to our service members and veterans, or helping to vaccinate a child overseas against deadly diseases.”
How does the gift giving work? Through the Holiday Campaign, donors can give symbolic gifts, within a wide range of budgets, in honor of a loved one, colleague or client.
These are a few of the most popular items from the Red Cross Holiday Giving effort. In addition to the free electronic or greeting cards, donors who contribute more than $125 will receive a Red Cross thank you gift while supplies last.
To access the catalog online, visit redcross.org/gifts. Choose from the diverse assortment of symbolic gifts, and make a tax-deductible donation online or, call 1-800 RED CROSS to support the corresponding Red Cross services. Then, send a card to the friend, family member, co-worker or customer being honored by your donation. It’s that easy.
In addition, the need for blood—and volunteer blood donors—is constant, and is especially appreciated during the holiday season when busy schedules and holiday travel or inclement weather, can impact blood collection. To schedule an appointment to give the gift of life by donating blood or platelets or to learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org today!
“Thank you for considering donating to the Red Cross during this special time of year, says McGovern. “Whether you give money, blood or time—your generous support can truly help us give something that means something to those in need.”
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About our Corporate Holiday Supporters:
During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for those corporate donors that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They include Circle K West Coast and Florida Divisions and Mazda and its Dealers. Thanks to the generosity of these and other supporters, the Red Cross is able to bring help and hope to people across the country. To learn more about our corporate holiday supporters, visit redcross.org/corporate-holiday-supporters.
Throughout the Red Cross Holiday Giving campaign, the Red Cross will highlight heartwarming stories from just a few of the thousands of people who have received help from the organization this year.
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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.