The clock is ticking down on 2018, and many people are thinking about New Year’s resolutions.
Every day this year, families relied on the American Red Cross for support this year in the face of life’s emergencies. As you look ahead to the new year, please remember those in need by resolving to Give Something that Means Something with a tax-deductible donation at redcross.org/donate.
Making charitable contributions at the end of the year is part of many holiday traditions. The Red Cross depends on these end-of-year donations to provide support, strength and hope to people in need year-round.
Every eight minutes, someone affected by disaster is helped by donations to the Red Cross. This generous support helps provide shelter, food, relief supplies and other assistance during devastating events.
During 2018, this commitment supported the tireless work of more than 14,000 Red Cross disaster workers—90 percent volunteers—to help people affected by crises across the country. As of November 30, we:
- Served more than 8.2 million meals and snacks with partners
- Distributed more than 2.2 million relief items
- Provided more than 290,000 overnight shelter stays with partners
- Made more than 188,000 health and mental health contacts to provide support and care
In addition, we also provided recovery support for tens of thousands of households rebuilding their lives—whether it was connecting them with community resources, helping them create recovery plans or providing financial assistance for those severely affected.
Generous donations help save lives and alleviate suffering in other ways too. With this support, on average each year, the Red Cross is able to:
- Collect nearly 4.9 million units of blood from more than 2.8 million volunteer donors.
- Train and provide information to nearly 5.9 million people in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
- Provide nearly 391,000 services to military members, veterans and their families through our Hero Care Network.
- Help more than 181 million people internationally through disaster management and disease prevention activities.
A donation to the American Red Cross helps where it’s needed most. Please consider resolving to Give Something that Means Something before the clock strikes midnight on December 31. You can also help people in need by volunteering or donating blood. Learn more at redcross.org