Today is Giving Tuesday, a day of charitable giving for people in need. Through the American Red Cross, you can make a symbolic gift in honor of someone at redcross.org/gift and share free holiday cards to announce your gift to friends and family. Donations are tax-deductible contributions to the Red Cross.
Here are some ways you can #GiveWithMeaning at redcross.org/gift:
HELP DISASTER VICTIMS Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster in the U.S. This year’s large events included wildfires in California, Hurricane Dorian on the East Coast, tropical storm flooding in Texas, and tornadoes and floods in the Midwest. Across the country in 2019, the Red Cross also responded to tens of thousands of smaller disasters like home fires to help families with emergency needs, such as securing a safe place to sleep and planning their recovery.
You can support our work to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. A gift of $50 can deliver hot meals for five people or provide blankets for 10 people after a disaster, or a larger donation of $100 can provide a family of two with a full day’s worth of emergency shelter, including meals, snacks, blankets, cots and hygiene supplies.
HELP MILITARY MEMBERS AND VETERANS You can also provide critical support for military members, veterans and their families. A donation of $50 can help connect veterans and their families to critical community services, such as food, housing, mental health support and rehabilitation. A larger gift of $145 can provide hospital kits, filled with toiletries and other essentials, for 20 service members.
HELP SAVE LIVES INTERNATIONALLY In addition, you can support our work with the Measles & Rubella Initiative, which provides vaccinations for children and educates families about the dangers of measles and rubella. A gift of $100 can help provide lifesaving vaccinations for 100 children facing an increased risk of measles and rubella around the world.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE The holidays are a difficult time to collect blood because of busy schedules and inclement weather. Still, the need for blood is constant to help accident victims, cancer patients and others who rely on lifesaving blood products every day. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by visiting RedCrossBlood.org.