15 large disasters occurred in 2016; 50% more than in 2015; thousands affected
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 27, 2016 — 2016 is slowly coming to a close and many people are thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. The American Red Cross asks them to remember the thousands of people who needed help this year and give something that means something by making a tax-deductible donation to the Red Cross before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.
“We are depending on everyone’s support during this holiday season to enable us to help people in need throughout the year,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Many people make their charitable donations during these last days of December, and we ask them to remember the Red Cross and the thousands of people we help each day of the year when making their contributions.”
More than 32,000 Red Cross disaster volunteers from all over the country provided the following this year (as of December 4):
In addition to responding to large and small disasters every year, the American Red Cross provides:
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 and urges everyone to visit here to see how they can support the Red Cross mission.
A donation to the American Red Cross helps where it’s needed most—please give something that means something before the clock strikes midnight on December 31.
About our Corporate Holiday Supporters
During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for those corporate donors that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They include Circle K West Coast and Florida Divisions and Mazda and its Dealers. Thanks to the generosity of these and other supporters, the Red Cross is able to bring help and hope to people across the country. To learn more about our corporate holiday supporters, visit redcross.org/corporate-holiday-supporters.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.