Give a Red Cross Blanket to Wrap Someone in Warmth and Security

Woman at ERV holds blankets
Disaster workers handed out blankets in shelters and delivered blankets to neighborhoods to help residents keep warm.

As temperatures fall and families across the country pull out blankets to keep warm this winter, the American Red Cross reminds you of others in need. When emergencies strike, one of the first items given to a disaster victim, whether a house fire or a hurricane, is a Red Cross blanket. While children and families often become exposed to the elements after a disaster, Red Cross volunteers arrive to wrap a warm blanket around them, to offer food and shelter, and to help them get back on their feet.

This holiday season, you can give cozy blankets that will protect them from the cold and help them sleep comfortably in our shelters. Shoppers can purchase three blankets for as little as $15, or up to as many as 20 blankets for $100. Purchase Red Cross blankets today.

Just this past November, the Red Cross distributed tens of thousands of blankets in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster workers handed out blankets in shelters and delivered blankets to neighborhoods to help residents keep warm while power outages imposed extended hardships.

RED CROSS DELIVERS RELIEF Ruth Larkin is a resident of the Beach Street Senior Housing Complex who helped oversee the relief handout to the high-rises, which include the Dayton Towers Complex next door after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Rockaway Peninsula of New York. One of the first on duty after the storm, Larkin has singled-handedly carried ERV meals to at least 10 apartments every day to home-bound seniors, some who are in wheelchairs.

The Rockaway Peninsula, an 11-mile ribbon of small homes, public housing projects and senior complexes on the Atlantic, was among the Queens communities hit hardest by Sandy. Despite the destruction, Larkin said the Red Cross arrived soon after the storm died down.

“The Red Cross got to us within two days with blankets, hot food, and flashlights, and they’ve stayed with us for 11 days,” said Larkin, the self-described “eyes and ears” of the large community. “We can count on the Red Cross. The Red Cross saved our lives.

2012 HOLIDAY GIVING CATALOG Honor friends and family with meaningful gifts. With the Red Cross 2012 Holiday Giving Catalog, shoppers can purchase something that means something and spread hope to those in need.

  • Choose gifts to donate in honor of the special people in your life
  • Send free holiday greeting cards to announce your gifts or send a Red cross eCard
  • Know your gift will help people when they need it most
  • This year, resolve to help yourself and someone else. Your donations are tax deductible. Items are symbolic of the work of the Red Cross, not a donation to a specific project or item.

    About our Holiday Partners

    During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for the support of our corporate partners that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They include: University of Phoenix, Circle K West Coast Division, and the Community Safety Foundation, funded by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange. Thanks to the generosity of these and other sponsors, the Red Cross is able to carry out its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies everyday here and around the world. Each holiday season the Red Cross gives everyone the chance to support our work by giving blood, signing a card for military heroes or buying a gift through our holiday catalog. To support the Red Cross this Holiday Season, visit www.redcross.org/holiday.

    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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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