Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Give Something that Means Something this Holiday Season

Think of helping those in need by supporting American Red Cross services

The American Red Cross is making it easier than ever to give a meaningful—and enduring—gift of support, strength and hope to someone who needs it this year. Thanks to the 2015 American Red Cross Holiday Gift Catalog, holiday shoppers can cross a name off their gift list by “purchasing” a symbolic gift and sending a free greeting or electronic card to the person their donation is honoring.

Throughout the festive holiday catalog are heartwarming stories from just a few of the thousands of people helped by the Red Cross. Available in print and online, the catalog provides a diverse list of symbolic gifts that illustrate in a tangible way what a donation in honor of a loved one, colleague or client can mean to someone in need. Items range from infant care supplies to support families in emergency shelters to comfort kits for wounded warriors, from vaccinations that save the lives of children around the world to clean up kits that help put a family’s life back in order after a disaster.

Hundreds of times a day in a multitude of ways, the Red Cross is there to bring help and hope to those in need. Last year, the Red Cross was there to help:

•    Support people affected by nearly 70,000 disasters each year
•    Provide 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply to nearly 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers
•    Deliver some 400,000 humanitarian services to veterans, active military and their loved ones

To access the Red Cross 2015 Holiday Gift Catalog online, visit redcross.org/gifts and then choose from an assortment of symbolic gifts. Make a tax-deductible donation to support a Red Cross program, and send a card to the friend, family member, co-worker or customer being honored by the gift. It’s that easy to give something that means something this holiday season.

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