Three Ways to Celebrate #GivingTuesday and Help People in Need Through the American Red Cross
Support the Humanitarian Needs of the Red Cross Mission and Give Back to Those Who Need it Most
MEDFORD, Mass., November 24, 2017 — The American Red Cross is appealing Massachusetts residents to take part in #GivingTuesday on November 28 and #GiveWithMeaning by making a financial donation to help a family who has lost everything in a home fire, by donating blood or platelets to help someone who is ill, or by volunteering.
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday marks the kick-off of the holiday giving season through a global giving movement that inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities. Last year, millions of people in 98 countries came together to support charitable causes and helped to raise more than $177 million online to support a variety of organizations.
This #GivingTuesday is especially critical for the Red Cross as it comes after a year of record-breaking and devastating disasters that left communities reeling and destroyed lives. The Red Cross was there to provide shelter, food and support to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—and the most destructive week of wildfires in California history. In fact, since mid-August, the Red Cross has provided shelter, food and relief items to more people than in the previous five calendar years combined. And more than 300 Red Cross volunteers from Massachusetts have travel far from home to support these relief efforts.
And each day, the Red Cross brings emergency relief to those in need right here in the Boston area and across Massachusetts. Annually across state the Red Cross is there following more than 600 disasters to support thousands of our neighbors affected by emergencies to help them get back on their feet.
Where to #GiveWithMeaning on Giving Tuesday:
• To make a tax-deductible donation, visit redcross.org/gifts and choose from a variety of symbolic gifts that give back to people in need, or call 1-800-RED CROSS to support Red Cross services.
• To learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org.
• To make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMA.