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Three Ways to Celebrate #GivingTuesday and Help People in Need Through the American Red Cross

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RALEIGH, Nov. 27, 2017 — The American Red Cross is reaching out to the Eastern North Carolina community to take part in #GivingTuesday on Nov.28, encouraging to #GiveWithMeaning by making a financial donation to help a family who has lost everything in a home fire, by donating blood or platelets to help someone who is ill, or by volunteering. 

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday marks the kick-off of the holiday giving season through a global giving movement that inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities. Last year, millions of people in 98 countries came together to support charitable causes and helped to raise more than $177 million online to support a variety of organizations. 

This #GivingTuesday is especially critical for the Red Cross as it comes after a year of record-breaking and devastating disasters that left communities reeling and destroyed lives. The Red Cross was there to provide shelter, food and support to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—and the most destructive week of wildfires in California history. 

Each day, the Red Cross brings help and hope to those in need. Last year, across Eastern North Carolina (53 counties), the Red Cross was there to support thousands of our neighbors affected by emergencies to help them get back on their feet, and responded to more than 1,400 emergencies in the region.  

“Give with meaning this holiday season and join with people around the globe to make an impact on #GivingTuesday,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern NC. “Every gift counts, no matter the size. Please consider making a financial donation, giving blood or platelets, or signing up to become a Red Cross volunteer today.” 

Where to #GiveWithMeaning on Giving Tuesday:

• To make a tax-deductible donation, visit and choose from a variety of symbolic gifts that give back to people in need, or call 1-800-RED CROSS to support Red Cross services. 

• To learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit

• To make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, visit

EDITORIAL NOTE: Eastern North Carolina Red Cross photographs available upon request. 

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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