U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (December 6, 2018) — In a year when disasters upended the lives of thousands of people, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to Give Something that Means Something for families in need through its 2018 Holiday Giving Campaign.
“Every day, home fires and other everyday crises turn people’s lives upside down,” said John Duck, executive director for the Virgin Islands Region. “Families are counting on your support to remember them during this special time of year. During the holidays, please consider making a financial donation or volunteering your time.”
HOLIDAY GIVING From now through December 31 please #GiveWithMeaning at redcross.org/gift to support your island community with a symbolic gift, which you can make in honor of the special people in your life:
- Help disaster victims. Your gift of $250 can deliver hot meals for 25 people who need nourishment after a disaster. A donation of $100 can provide a family of two with a full day’s worth of emergency shelter with meals, snacks, blankets, a cot and hygiene supplies. Help provide warmth with a gift of $50, which can provide blankets for 10 people.
- Help our veterans. A donation of $125 can help veterans transition back to civilian life by connecting them and their families to critical services such as food, housing, counseling and rehabilitation.
- Help internationally. Your gift of $100 can help provide lifesaving vaccinations for 100 children who face an increased risk of measles and rubella around the world.
- Volunteer to help others. To learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org. Your local chapter has many exciting opportunities for you to contribute to the community.
GIVING HOPE EVERY DAY Every 8 minutes, someone affected by disaster is helped by donations to the Red Cross. The generosity of Red Cross donors helps provide people with necessities like shelter, food, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance.
In addition, we also help save lives by installing free smoke alarms and helping residents create escape plans through our Home Fire Campaign, which has reached more than 6,000 people in the Virgin Islands since it began in 2014. Volunteers helped to install and educate families in more than 3,000 homes.
Because of generous support, in 2018, the Red Cross in the Virgin Islands also:
- Provided preparedness instruction to students and local organizations.
- Enrolled locals in lifesaving courses like First Aid, CPR and AED.
Learn more ways on how you can get involved with your local Red Cross chapter by visiting redcross.org/USVI.
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/USVI or visit us on Facebook at @RedCrossUSVI.