Today is Giving Tuesday and that means a chance to spread holiday warmth and cheer, and to give something that means something!
By: Dan Mackevicius, Communications Intern for the Nebraska/SW Iowa Region
So you fought the crowds at Black Friday. You made it out of the store loaded with gifts for friends and family: a video game and a Nerf gun for Jimmy, a new doll house and Polly Pocket for Jenny, a fluffy scarf and new purse for Mom, a drill and tie for Dad, and a Chia Pet for Aunt Sue under the auspice of a “gag gift”. Heck, maybe you got yourself a Snuggie just to see what all the hype was about. Now you have all that stuff to wrap, all that stuff to lug around, all that stuff to hide. All that stuff. Now that you’re at work, Cyber Monday is staring you in the face.
Every day we are surrounded by messages to “buy this” and “buy that”. This is especially true around the holidays, at one time a moment set aside to be around family and friends, which have since been turned into a materialistic free-for-all where giving is expected and expected to be reciprocated. Doesn’t this cheapen the act of giving? How can we turn this around?
The American Red Cross may have a solution for you. Instead of giving something to someone, give something for someone. If you visit www.redcross.org/gifts you will find gifts that you can donate in the name of someone on your list that will go towards helping someone else somewhere. You can purchase phone cards for military members to let them call home during the holidays. There are many different care packages for disaster victims both at home and abroad. You can even save kids’ lives by covering the cost of their vaccinations. And there is so much more you can do.
This Cyber Monday, point your browser towards our website. The Red Cross makes donating very easy for you. Everything that we offer is spelled out simply and clearly on the website. We will even send you a greeting card so you can send the people you donated for a heads up of your gift. On top of that, the Red Cross will also send you free gifts for donating (like you need more stuff, right?). And here’s the best part: you’re doing something that matters. You’re helping someone that needs it. You can give something that means something. And doesn’t that feel good?
Then look no further than the 2011 American Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog.
Today, we can only give you a brief update on our totally awesome online Holiday Giving Catalog (click on the image to go to http://www.redcross.org/gifts) , as the actual print catalogs will be hitting Red Cross chapters near you in the coming weeks and we’ll be talking more about it then. But if you are like us, then you’ll want to check out the online version to be ahead of the crowd, getting an exclusive first look at this year’s catalog.
Whether you enjoy the traditional print outlet, or you check out the tech-savvy online catalog, both formats contain information on 25 symbolic gifts you can give this holiday season, each one representing different Red Cross services and the ways that we help communities in times of need. You can purchase a gift in the name of a loved one, knowing that your donation goes to meet the immediate needs of people in your communities — like when a fire destroys a neighbor’s home, or when disaster turns a child’s world upside down.
So if you already are on the prowl for some of the best, most meaningful gifts you can give this holiday season, then head on over to the website…where you will not only find awesome gift ideas for everyone on your list, you’ll also find that you’re able to give something that means something this holiday season.