After disasters upended the lives of thousands of people this year, the American Red Cross of Georgia asks everyone to help provide emergency relief for future crises by donating at redcross.org/gift on Giving Tuesday, December 3.

“Every eight minutes, the generosity of our donors enables us to help someone affected by a disaster — and this year has been no exception,” said Danella Hughes, Regional Disaster Officer for the Red Cross of Georgia. “In fact, last year alone, in Georgia, volunteers responded to help around 14, 000 families after local emergencies — like home fires. On Giving Tuesday, please donate and help us provide emergency shelter, food, relief items and recovery assistance for those with disaster-related needs.”

Families face disasters every day

In addition to tens of thousands of home fires annually, on average, the Red Cross responds to a new major disaster every two weeks in the U.S. This year’s large events included wildfires in California, Hurricane Dorian on the East Coast, tropical storm flooding in Texas, and tornadoes and floods in the Midwest. In fact, the frequency of billion-dollar disasters in the U.S. is increasing, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

What’s more, Red Cross volunteers provided critical counseling and emotional support to communities affected by tragic shootings like those in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. 

How to help

People can #GiveWithMeaning on December 3 — Giving Tuesday — and throughout the holiday season by making a tax-deductible donation at redcross.org/gift in honor of loved ones:

• Help disaster victims in the U.S.: A gift of $50 can deliver hot meals for five people or provide blankets for 10 people after a disaster, or a larger donation of $100 can provide a family of two with a full day’s worth of emergency shelter, including meals, snacks, blankets, cots and hygiene supplies.

• Help military members and veterans: A donation of $50 can help connect veterans and their families to critical community services, such as food, housing, mental health support and rehabilitation. A larger gift of $145 can provide hospital kits, filled with toiletries and other essentials, for 20 service members.

• Help save lives internationally: People can support our work with the Measles & Rubella Initiative, which provides vaccinations for children and educates families about the dangers of measles and rubella. A gift of $100 can help provide lifesaving vaccinations for 100 children facing an increased risk of measles and rubella around the world.

Give the gift of life

The holidays are a difficult time to collect blood because of busy schedules and inclement weather. Still, the need for blood is constant to help accident victims, cancer patients and others who rely on lifesaving blood products every day. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by visiting RedCrossBlood.org.

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