2011 Resolve to Give – Red Cross

Southern Missouri Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO 65803

Contact: Nigel Holderby

Telephone: 417-207-6349

Resolve to Help Someone With

Tax Deductible Donation to American Red Cross

Thursday, December 29, 2011 – The new year is a time for making
resolutions, and the American Red Cross is urging people to resolve to
help someone by making a tax-deductible donation to the Red Cross before
the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve.

Many people make charitable contributions at the end of the year as part
of their holiday tradition, and the Red Cross depends on these donations
to provide hope, help and compassion. Nationally, donations in December
account for about 20 percent of all non-disaster contributions from the
public to the Red Cross.

“As 2011 draws to a close, we are asking everyone to remember those who
need help and contribute to the Red Cross,” said Debi Meeds, Southern
Missouri Regional CEO “This end-of-year generosity will allow us to help
a disaster victim, a member of the military, a hospital patient, someone
learning to swim.”

The Red Cross is urging people to give something that means something
before the New Year, donating at www.redcross.org
<http://www.redcross.org/> , giving by check or by phone.

A Red Cross national poll found that 57 percent of those surveyed
planned to donate to charity during the holiday season, and more than
half of them (54 percent) plan to give at least $50.

Hundreds of thousands of people needed help from the Red Cross in 2011,
their lives forever changed by disasters like tornadoes, floods,
wildfires and hurricanes in the U.S., and earthquakes and other
disasters around the world. In the U.S., the Red Cross launched 137
domestic disaster relief operations
> in 46 states and territories to help people
affected by fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. In addition, major
international disasters included the Japan earthquake and tsunami
response and the continuing work following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

In addition, people can still go to the American Red Cross Holiday Gift
> and buy a symbolic gift.
These also are tax-deductible contributions to the overall Red Cross

The catalog include donations for items such as a military comfort kit
filled with a phone card, robe, shower shoes, toiletries and an MP3
music gift card for those who have been wounded.

Disaster-related items include blankets to wrap around a woman standing
in her yard this winter after her house has burned to the ground; hot
meals to make sure no one goes hungry when a disaster strikes; or a
toothbrush, soap and other essential personal care supplies for a child
sheltered from a storm.

For those with global interests, the Holiday Gift Catalog contains a
number of gifts to bring Red Cross services to people in crisis
overseas. These include emergency water containers to help families
collect and store clean water, tarps to provide temporary shelter and
shovels to dig ditches when floods threaten.

What better way to finish 2011with early action on a resolution to lend
a helping hand? Help someone in need and resolve to contribute to the
Red Cross before the end of the year.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood;
teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and
supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its
mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org
<http://www.redcross.org/> or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
<http://blog.redcross.org/> .

K. Nigel Holderby

Chief Communications Officer

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO. 65803

(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)

(866) 206-0256 (toll free)

(417) 207-6349 (c)

(417) 866-3649 (f)




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