As 2016 has been a year full of disasters caused by the weather, the American Red Cross encourages the public to participate in a large campaign called “Give Something That Means Something.”
This initiative is designed to provide support to people who lost their home in a weather-related disaster, hospital patients who need blood donations, veterans, and military families among others.
The Red Cross campaign offers donors the opportunity to bring their contribution to this cause, while also receiving a small reward. In addition, they can choose from three giving options with the first including gifts for disaster victims.
More precisely, people can donate money which will be used by the Red Cross to buy hot meals, blankets, or to provide 24 hours of emergency shelter. Also, people can choose to fund gifts that will provide help to the military.
The Red Cross will support service member with comfort kits and develop therapy programs for injured and ill veterans, service members, and their families. The third option consists of vaccinations which will be used to help children worldwide.
These symbolic gifts cover a broad array of budgets, so people can donate how much they want to support a client, colleague, family member, or someone they don’t know. The American Red Cross officials say that with a $25 donation, they can buy blankets for five individuals in emergency shelters, whereas $75 can be used to provide comfort kits to thirty service members.
With a $30 contribution, the Red Cross can buy hot meals for people impacted by a weather-related disaster, and a $50 gift can provide a full day emergency kit including personal hygiene products, snacks, one cot, two blankets, and three meals for a person who was affected by a natural disaster.
Also, a more generous contribution of one hundred dollars can vaccinate one hundred children against rubella and measles, whereas a $500 donation can be used for the vaccination of a whole village.
The Red Cross offers people greeting or electric cards in return for their donations as well as Thank You gifts to those who donate over $125. Along with this campaign, the Red Cross is in search for volunteers and blood donors. The blood supply becomes short during the holiday season because fewer people make time to donate blood.
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