Holiday Gift Guide: 2013
Have no idea what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Give something that means something! You can browse through the 2013 Holiday Giving Catalog to purchase a variety of symbolic gifts in the name of the people on your gift list. Your 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.
Gift of the Month: The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year. With the gift of the month, you can be there every month to give people in crisis a hot meal, a place to sleep or a shoulder to lean on in their time of need. Your impact will be constant and unforgettable.
Healing Arts for Returning Military: The Red Cross stands beside our military throughout their healing process - in military hospitals around the world and veterans' hospitals across the country. Red Cross provides materials for therapeutic healing activities such as painting, gardening and crocheting that support these brave men and women on the road to recovery.
Deliver an Emergency Message: Being separated from family is difficult, especially in times of an emergency. That’s why the Red Cross is there to deliver urgent messages to service members who may need to return home to attend to family. Help ensure that military families can turn to the Red Cross when they need to reach a loved one when a family emergency strikes.
Help Where It's Needed Most: A gift of any size to the American Red Cross will save the day when the next emergency strikes. When a house burns down in your community. When someone needs a lifesaving blood transfusion. When a family needs to contact a deployed service member in an emergency. When a child needs a hug and a blanket. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross down the street, across the country and around the world.
Reconnecting Families: War, conflict and natural disasters can tear families apart, separating children, parents, siblings—leaving some lost from each other for years. The Red Cross helps find missing loved ones and reconnect them with their family. A great gift to share and restore hope this season.
Emergency Kits for Families Overseas: Families who have lost everything in a disaster need immediate help to make it through the first terrifying weeks. An emergency kit provides a month of supplies for a family overseas—including a cooking set, toilet paper, toothbrushes, water containers and a blanket.
Vaccinations: Every day, an estimated 430 people die of measles, most of them children. Yet, preventing these needless deaths is possible through one of the best deals in global health—an effective and inexpensive measles/rubella vaccination that costs only $1 to provide lifelong protection. The Red Cross provides a critical link in educating families about the danger of both measles and rubella and the easy solution available to prevent tragedy and loss.
Swimming Lessons: Drowning is a leading cause of childhood injury and death, and the risk is three times higher among minority populations. Swimming lessons can provide children with the knowledge and skills to help reduce their risk of drowning, or help save another life.
Support for First-Responders: First responders are the brave firefighters, police officers and National Guard who react immediately to help victims in the wake of a disaster—day or night. We keep these caring heroes going strong with a hot meal, water and snack for one day.
Physical and Emotional Care: Red Cross Disaster Health and Mental Health workers are licensed professionals who travel to disaster sites and ensure victims’ immediate physical needs are met and help them cope with crisis and loss. Red Cross covers the cost of deploying these skilled volunteers—including meals and shelter—so they can be there when needed most.
Infant care supplies for families in an emergency shelter. When disaster strikes, parents can lose everything—including items needed to keep their babies healthy in the aftermath. An emergency shelter stocks infant care supplies needed in times of crisis, like formula, diapers and more.
Hot Meals: While families struggle to rebuild their lives after a disaster, Red Cross volunteers provide hearty, comforting meals to give them energy for the challenging days ahead. Our feeding trucks and shelter kitchens make sure no child or family goes hungry when disaster strikes.
Family First Aid and CPR Course: Help a caregiver learn the skills and confidence to care for adults and children when a medical emergency occurs. This training is accessible for active, on-the-go caregivers so they’ll be ready to save the life of a loved one during life’s unexpected moments.
Full Day of Emergency Shelter: Disaster victims often have to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. That's why a Red Cross response always begins with a safe place to sleep, hot food and a hug. A full day of emergency shelter provides urgently needed essentials, including three meals, two blankets, one cot, snacks and personal hygiene supplies for disaster victims.
Caregiver Training: When an injured service member comes home, you can help provide his or her caregiver with the skills and confidence to support their loved one. Family members truly appreciate being able to properly care for the hero they are welcoming home.
Military Comfort Kits: For an injured service member, the journey from the battlefield to the hospital can be long and uncomfortable, and many make the journey without any personal items. Help Red Cross warmly welcome them at a military hospital with comfort kits filled with most-needed items such as a robe, shower shoes, toiletries and music gift card.