1. We can ease the worries of new parents staying in emergency shelters by giving them INFANT CARE KITS. They contain vital baby formula, new diapers and fresh wipes - enough to last four days. Your donation of $150 can pay for 3 infants to receive these care kits. $100 pays for 2 and $50 will take care of one infant for 4 days.
2. In a disater, children and families can be at risk of exposure and hypothermia, especially when the temperatures are like they are this week. Your donation of $60 can give 10 warm, cozy BLANKETS that will protect them from the cold and help them sleep comfortably in our shelters. $30 pays for 5 blankets and $18 will pay for 3.
3. When 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. You can help stock our feeding trucks and shelter kitchens this holiday season and make sure no child or family goes hungry when disaster strikes. Your donation of $100 can pay for 10 people to have hot meals. $50 will pay for 5 and your gift of $20 will pay for 2 people to have a hot meal.
4. A sudden fire can leave a family's dreams in ashes. In our community we average one home fire every thrid day. But Red Cross volunteers always act quickly to provide emotional and practical support. Your gift will provide ONE DAY'S WORTH OF FOOD AND SHELTER to a family to keep them going until they have a place to call home again. 1 day of food and shelter for 1 family can be taken care of with a donation of $200. A family averages at least 3 days of shelter through the American Red Cross.
5. After a flood or tornado, the immediate devastation is followed by days and weeks of heartbreaking cleanup. You can help ease a victim's burden with the gift of CLEANUP KITS filled with essentials like a mop, broom, pail, scrub brush, disinfectant, bleach, trash bags, dust mask and more. Cleanup kits for 5 families can be taken care of with a donation of $100. 3 Famlies $60 and 1 Family for $20.
6. Disaster victims often have to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. But a Red Cross response always begins with a safe place to sleep, hot food and emotional support. You can provide these essentials for a victim for an entire day, including three meals, a cot, two blankets and personal supplies. A perfect gift for someone who has always been there for you. A FULL DAY OF EMERGENCY SHELTER for 3 disaster victims can be provided with a donation of $150. Two victims for $100 and 1 for $50.
7. For famlies devastated by fires and floods, the simplest supplies are a great treasure. You can give a disater victim a much-needed personal "COMFORT CARE" KIT, which includes shampoo, soap, deodorant, a toothbrush and other essential personal care and hygiene supplies. $90 will take care of 30 people who will need these comfort kits and $45 will pay for 15.
8. One of the things that people forget about is the cost of having our American Red Cross EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES or ERV'S as we call them. When an ice storm, flood or tornado devastates our community, Red Cross volunteers depend on emergency response vehicles to reach people in need and deliver nourishing meals, emergency family kits and more. You can help deploy an emergency response vehicle for an entire day for a donation of $425.
If you want to make sure that the American Red Cross is always on the front lines in any emergency or natural disaster and you can help by donating funds this holiday season, you can do so by:
Calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by going on-line to www.redcross/gifts or by texting "GIFT" to 90999 where a $25 donation will be charged to your cell phone.
Remember that an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invensted in humanitarian services and programs.