It's the perfect option for those hard-to-buy-for relatives, coworkers, and friends too. There is a robust variety of choices both in donation amount and area of service. You can really customize your gift to find just what they’d like.
The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio is urging people to provide hope to those in need by giving something meaningful this Cyber Monday. While shoppers are eagerly awaiting deals and seeking gifts online, they have the opportunity to contribute and aide others in Northwest Ohio and abroad during this season of giving and thanks.
Shoppers can go through the online Red Cross gift catalog and purchase a variety of symbolic gifts in the name of the people on their gift list. Their purchase can support the Red Cross mission in many different ways, such as helping disaster victims like those from the Midwest tornadoes, providing comfort kits for injured members of the Armed Forces or helping supply measles vaccinations around the world.
“It’s the best time of year to consider giving a gift that truly means something rather than the traditional and expected presents,” said Amanda Aldrich, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region, “Purchasing a symbolic gift from the Red Cross Holiday catalog is the perfect option for those hard-to-buy-for relatives, coworkers, and friends too. There is a robust variety of choices both in donation amount and area of service. You can really customize your gift to find just what they’d like.”
The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution that supports the mission of the Red Cross. The catalog gifts are contributions toward a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item. Those who participate will receive free gifts such as a Red Cross Water Bottle for a donation of $100 or more or a Family First Aid Kit for a donation of $200 or more.
DISASTER SERVICES When disaster strikes, the Red Cross provides a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing, counseling and hope. On average, the Northwest Ohio Region responds to a disasters including house fires, floods, and tornadoes, every single day - sometimes two or three times a night.
SERVICE TO ARMED FORCES The local Red Cross responded to more than 400 requests by military members, veterans, and their families for assistance last year. Connecting families and veterans with resources in response to emergencies and training military families in coping and resiliency skills, are just a few of the services offered.
HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING The Red Cross teaches vital lifesaving skills in first aid/CPR/AED, babysitting, water safety, and more. Online and classroom options are available for a variety of learners and age groups. People can visit redcross.org/takeaclass to sign up.
BLOOD SERVICES The Red Cross ensures lifesaving blood and blood products are available for patients in need. The Western Lake Erie Region serves 11 counties providing 300 units of blood needed each day to 23 local hospitals.
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN SERVICES When disasters hit internationally as the recent Typhoon Haiyan, the American Red Cross works within the global Red Cross network to provide technical support, relief supplies, and financial assistance to ensure rapid response and recovery.
PREPAREDNESS EDUCATION The Red Cross offers a variety of free smart phone apps, from tornado safety to first aid, available for download to educate and prepare the community now in the event a disaster strikes later. Instructors also teach families, students, organizations, and corporations how to Be Red Cross Ready for disasters and emergencies by taking simple steps to get prepared.
People can give something that means something this holiday season in other ways including making a financial donation to the Red Cross, or giving the gift of time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer.