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Radio Public Service Announcement: Red Cross Urges You to Bring Hope & Help this Holiday Season

30 Second Radio Spot Highlights Humanitarian Needs of the Red Cross Mission and Give Back to Those Who Need it Most

STATWIDE (December 8th) – With 2016 being a record year for the number of weather-related, devastating disasters the American Red Cross has responded to throughout the country, the organization is appealing to your listeners to “Give Something That Means Something” by donating to the Red Cross Holiday Giving campaign.

Through a 30 second radio public service announcement, the Red Cross is asking Mainers to help support families in their darkest hours: whether it is someone who lost everything in a disaster, a hospital patient who needs blood or a military family facing an emergency this holiday season, we are asking for their help.

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

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.
• A $25 donation will provide blankets for five people staying in emergency shelters
• A $30 donation will provide hot meals for three people following a disaster
• A $50 donation will supply a full day of emergency shelter with urgently needed essentials, including 3 meals, 2 blankets, 1 cot, snacks and personal hygiene supplies for someone impacted by disaster
• A $75 donation will provide military comfort kits to 30 service members. 
• A $100 donation will educate families and vaccinate 100 children against measles and rubella 

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!

DOWNLOAD THE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT at http://www.plowsharegroup.com/media_downloads/arc.php?#tabs-2. Click on “Year End Donation” to download the file for use.

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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 MaineRedCross.org, like the American Red Cross of Maine on Facebook or visit us on Twitter at @ARC_Maine.