By Katherine Powell, Communications Intern, Fall 2013
Today is Giving Tuesday at the American Red Cross! #GivingTuesday is a national movement to kick off the giving season. Just as retail stores do on Black Friday, we want this to be a day for communities to come together. But rather than just acquiring a bunch of stuff, #GivingTuesday is a way to give back while you take care of your holiday shopping.
Follow the National Red Cross on Twitter @RedCross or like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/redcross). Throughout the day, we will be posting items from this year’s Holiday Catalog:
- Military Comfort Kits
- Hot meals
All you have to do is comment on our posts to social media. Tell about your personal connection to the item or describe a way you’ve seen it impact others during the past year. Most important of all, we want #GivingTuesday to be a way to give our donors and volunteers a much deserved appreciation of thanks.
It doesn’t take tons of money, either. With a $50 donation, one disaster victim can have a full day of emergency shelter. With a $30 donation, three people can enjoy hot meals.
Don’t worry if you accidentally miss out on #GivingTuesday – there are plenty of other opportunities to give something that means something this holiday season.
Simply explore our Holiday Giving Catalog at http://www.redcross.org/gifts. The catalog is full of symbolic gifts that represent all the different Red Cross lines of service. The gift(s) you select are tax-deductible and can be made in your name or in the name of someone else. The money will be put directly toward supporting the mission of the Red Cross—to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.