Officials with Red Cross are asking the community to help the thousands of people in Oklahoma affected by disasters by donating to the Red Cross on Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday takes place on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 this year.
Red Cross officials say, “Every eight minutes, someone affected by a disaster in our country turns to the Red Cross for support,” Brittney Rochell, Regional Chief Communications Officer for the Oklahoma Red Cross said. “When people’s lives are upended by home fires, tornadoes, floods and other crises, your support through our Holiday Campaign can provide necessities like emergency shelter, hot meals and blankets.”
HOW TO HELP ON #GIVINGTUESDAY
Officials says people can #GiveWithMeaning on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating at redcross.org/gift.
Below are ways people can give:
- Help disaster victims: 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: Meanwhile, 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 also help save lives through 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.
Officials also say the holidays are also a difficult time to collect blood due to the weather and busy schedules. Therefore, the community is asked to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by going to www.redcrossblood.org.
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