AmazonSmile Year-Round Shopping Supports Red Cross Disaster Relief
When customers select the Red Cross as their preferred charity on smile.amazon.com or activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS or Android phone, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases to the Red Cross.
A Partnership of Helping Before, During and After Disasters
Amazon is a proud supporter of the American Red Cross with a long history of both early proactive and just-in-time support for communities impacted by disasters. Amazon’s ongoing disaster relief and readiness support includes:
- Disaster Readiness with In-kind Items: Amazon-donated disaster relief items are prepositioned in Red Cross warehouses around the country and at Amazon’s Disaster Relief Hub for immediate use to help communities ravaged by natural disasters.
- Helping Those in Need: Amazon, Amazon employees, and Amazon customers help families displaced by disasters by responding to large-scale disaster appeals by donating cash and specific products to the Red Cross through AmazonSmile charity lists and customer donation campaigns on Amazon.com.
- Special Needs in Times of Disaster: When unanticipated needs arise, Amazon steps up to help the Red Cross with special requests of in-kind goods. For example, children and adults with autistic spectrum sensitivities can be especially overwhelmed in a disaster relief shelter, so Amazon donates backpacks (developed with the Red Cross) stocked with a weighted blanket, squeeze toys and noise-canceling headphones to help with sensory needs.
To learn more, visit Amazon Disaster Relief and Response.
How Amazon Supports Blood Services
Amazon generously gives to support blood collection gift card promotions which help the Red Cross recruit donors to roll up a sleeve to ensure patients have access to lifesaving blood products. Blood product recipients include cancer patients, accident victims and sickle cell patients, a disease which disproportionately impacts people of African descent. In addition to financial support, Amazon opened their corporate and operations buildings to host blood drives nationwide.