The new year is a time for making resolutions, and the American Red Cross is urging people to resolve to help someone by making a tax-deductible donation to the Red Cross before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Many people make charitable contributions at the end of the year as part of their holiday tradition, and the Red Cross depends on these donations to provide hope, help and compassion. Nationally, donations in December account for about 20 percent of all non-disaster contributions from the public to the Red Cross.
“As 2011 draws to a close, we are asking everyone to remember those who need help by making a contribution to the Red Cross,” said Terri Badour Duckett, CEO of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter and Georgia Region. “This end-of-year generosity will allow us to help local families affected by disasters, support members of our military, prevent drowning with access to swimming lessons, and care for people in crisis overseas.”
The Red Cross is urging people to “give something that means something” before January 1, 2012 by donating online at www.redcross.org, mailing a check to P.O. Box 101508, Atlanta, GA 30392-1508, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. In addition, people can still go to the American Red Cross Holiday Gift Catalog and buy a symbolic gift. Gifts purchased from the catalog are tax-deductible contributions to the overall Red Cross mission. The catalog include donations for items such as a military comfort kit filled with a phone card, robe, shower shoes, toiletries and an MP3 music gift card for service members who were wounded.
Hundreds of thousands of people needed help from the Red Cross in 2011 when their lives were forever changed by disasters like tornadoes, floods, wildfires and hurricanes in the U.S., and earthquakes and other disasters around the world. In the U.S., the Red Cross launched 137 large domestic disaster relief operations in 46 states and territories, includingGeorgia, to help neighbors affected by fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. In addition, major Red Cross relief for international disasters included theJapan earthquake and tsunami response, and continuing work following the 2010Haiti earthquake.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.