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This Giving Tuesday, Red Cross Asks Public to Give Something That Means Something

November 28, 2016

Give hope to those in need during the holiday season

Give something that means something this holiday season and help the American Red Cross bring hope to people in some of their darkest hours. Donations to the annual Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign support someone who has lost everything in a disaster, a hospital patient who needs blood, or a military family facing an emergency.

Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross brings help and hope to someone in need in this country.

Fiscal year 2016 in Georgia, Red Cross:

Responded to nearly 3,000 home fires and other disasters and provided emergency aid for 5,200 local families in need of shelter, food, clothing and other essentials. We assist more families following home fires than any other Red Cross Region in the country.

Accepted 216,800 blood donations throughout Georgia.

Supported 5,000 Red Cross volunteers and logged 350,000 volunteer service hours.

Helped 6,800 military families with emergency communications, financial assistance, counseling and referrals.

Partnered with communities to install more than 9,800 smoke alarms in vulnerable homes and help residents develop fire escape plans – among the top 5 Red Cross Regions in the country for this initiative.

Reached 9,600 children with the Pillowcase Project, an emergency preparedness program – more than any Red Cross Region in the country.

Prepared 72,800 Georgians to respond to future emergencies with life-saving training in first aid, CPR and AED skills.

“Please help us help those in need by supporting our efforts now during the annual Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign,” said Jeffrey Putnam, Executive Director of Northwest Georgia’s Red Cross. “You can help by giving a financial donation to the Red Cross, scheduling a blood donation or volunteering your time.”

People can schedule an appointment to give blood here or learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer.

One way a person can support the Red Cross is to visit www.redcross.org/gifts and make a donation for someone special in your life. You can also read stories about some of the people helped by the Red Cross. Your gift will give support, strength and hope to someone who needs it. The gift is tax-deductible and will support Red Cross programs like these:

Disaster Services - the Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 large and small disasters every year, from a fire in someone’s home to a larger emergency like wildfires and flooding.

Biomedical Services - patients in about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country depend on Red Cross blood donors to help them fight their way back to good health.

Service to the Armed Forces - the Red Cross provides more than 352,000 services annually to members of the military, veterans and civilians on military bases in the U.S. and around the world.

Measles and Rubella Initiative - every year, the Red Cross helps more than 140 million people outside the United States through our disaster response programs as well as vaccinating children against measles and rubella in countries all over the globe.

Visit redcross.org/gift to give a symbolic gift in honor of a friend, colleague, client or loved one this holiday season. You can give online, by mail, or phone and your gift is tax-deductible. You can receive free holiday greeting cards when you make your donation and with certain donation amounts you can receive a free thank-you gift. Your 2016 Holiday donation is a tax-deductible contribution to the American Red Cross.

“We are depending on everyone’s support during this holiday season to be able to help people in need throughout the year. Please support our Holiday Giving Campaign and give something that means something,” Putnam said.

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 @RedCross.

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.