People can donate money, holiday cards or time
Clarksville, TN – The American Red Cross has launched its holiday campaign and urged people to give hope to those in need by giving something meaningful during the upcoming holiday season.
“Make this holiday season truly meaningful by supporting the Red Cross Holiday Campaign and helping a victim of disaster or by remembering a member of the Armed Forces who is far from home,” said Julie Campos, Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross, Two Rivers Chapter.
People can do something that means something and provide help through the Red Cross in five different ways:
- Purchase a symbolic gift from the online catalog at www.redcross.org/gifts
- Make a financial donation to the Red Cross
- Send cards to members of the Armed Forces through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program
- Give the gift of their time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer
Through the Red Cross 2013 Holiday Giving Catalog, shoppers can go online and purchase a variety of symbolic gifts in the name of the people on their gift list. Their purchase can support the Red Cross mission in many different ways, such as helping a disaster victim, providing comfort kits for injured members of the Armed Forces or helping supply measles vaccinations around the world.
The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution that supports the mission of the Red Cross. The catalog gifts are contributions toward a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item. Those who participate will receive free gifts such as a Red Cross Water Bottle for a donation of $100.00 or more or a Family First Aid Kit for a donation of $200.00 or more.
Home for the Holidays Partnership
This year, the Red Cross will also be partnering with Tennessee’s First Lady, Crissy Haslam, to host a six day Holiday Mail for Heroes card signing event at the Governor’s residence, December 2nd-7th, during ‘Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays’ home tour.
Corporate Community Partners
Other local companies, including Comcast, UPS, The Opry, Nissan and many more are also partnering to send thousands of cards to Service members, veterans and their families across the United States and on military installations overseas throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.
To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 6th. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations, or any other kinds of inserts with the cards and from using glitter.
More information and card requirements can be found at redcross.org/holidaymail.
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.