Give hope to those in need this holiday season

PRINCETON, NJ— Give something that means something this holiday season and help the American Red Cross bring hope to people in some of their darkest hours. Donations to the annual Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign support someone who has lost everything in a disaster, a hospital patient who needs blood, or a military family facing an emergency.

Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross brings help and hope to someone in need in this country. Here in New Jersey, the Red Cross was there to help:

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Provide comfort, support and emergency assistance to more than 1,800 families displaced by home fires and other local disasters;

  • Install more than 7,900 free smoke alarms in homes in high fire-risk areas;
  • Collect more than 89,100 units of blood donated by New Jersey residents to help patients in need;
  • Empower more than 116,100 residents with preparedness information and lifesaving skills through courses such as First Aid and CPR;
  • Deliver more than 3,500 humanitarian services to veterans, active military and their loved ones last year.

“Please help us continue to help those in need by making a financial donation now during our annual Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign,” said Ana Montero, regional CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “The campaign offers both gift-givers and receivers the opportunity to experience the joy of giving with meaning this holiday season.”

The Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign offers a way to donate gifts that uniquely give back while supporting the organization’s mission. Donors can give symbolic gifts, within a wide range of budgets, in honor of a loved one, colleague or client. 

  • A donation of $25 can provide blankets—as well as warmth and a sense of security—for five people staying in emergency shelters, while a $75 contribution can show our heroes and veterans that we care by providing military comfort kits to 30 service members.
  • A $30 gift can provide hot meals for three people following a disaster, while a $50 donation can supply a full day of emergency shelter with urgently needed essentials, including 3 meals, 2 blankets, 1 cot, snacks and personal hygiene supplies for someone impacted by disaster.
  • A financial contribution of $100 can educate families and vaccinate 100 children against measles and rubella—while a $500 gift can vaccinate an entire village. 

These are a few of the most popular items from the Red Cross Holiday Giving effort. In addition to the free electronic or greeting cards, donors who contribute more than $125 will receive a Red Cross thank you gift while supplies last.

To access the catalog online, visit Choose from the diverse assortment of symbolic gifts, and make a tax-deductible donation online or, call 1-800 RED CROSS to support the corresponding Red Cross services. Then, send a card to the friend, family member, co-worker or customer being honored by your donation. It’s that easy.

In addition, the need for blood is constant and blood donations are especially appreciated during the holiday season when busy schedules and holiday travel or inclement weather can impact blood collection. To schedule an appointment to give the gift of life by donating blood or platelets or to learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit today!

“Please consider donating to the Red Cross during this special time of year,” says Montero. “Whether you give money, blood or time, your generous support can truly help us give something that means something to those in need.”

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,300 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 760 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping more than 1,800 displaced families; collected more than 89,100 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 3,500 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 116,100 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter@NJRedCross.