“I have to get Auntie a present this year because she gave me one last year.”
“I hope someone notices how much I’ve been talking about that new video game and gets the hint!”
“I have to get all of my relatives a gift. If I don’t they’ll think I’m having money problems.”
At this time of the year, we all think about giving – and about receiving. Our motives are almost always mixed. When was the last time you gave a gift without expecting anything in return? If it’s been awhile, #Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to remember how good that feels.
What can you give? The American Red Cross has some suggestions.
- “Money” may be the first thing that comes to mind. For an organization like the Red Cross, which doesn’t have the resources to process donated food and clothes, financial donations are vital. Because of financial donors, Disaster Services volunteers can assure a family made homeless by fire, “You will have a place to sleep tonight.” Services to the Armed Forces volunteers receive the training and resources they need to facilitate emergency communications between military personnel and their families. Teams of Red Cross volunteers are trained and equipped to install smoke alarms in fire –prone neighborhoods.
- You can give time. More than 90 percent of Red Crossers are volunteers. Blood drives wouldn’t happen, temporary shelters wouldn’t open, and children wouldn’t learn about how to stay safe in a home fire without the hundreds of thousands of hours Red Crossers donate nationwide.
- You can give blood. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, blood donations decrease, even though every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. And a single pint of blood can save up to three lives. Where else do you get that kind of return on an investment?
So on this #Giving Tuesday, add to your list the thousands of people the Red Cross serves. Give money. Give time. Give blood.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross