Avoid the Black Friday Crowds…..

Take a sneak peek at your 2012 Holiday Giving Catalog.


Visit www.redcross.org/gifts now and take a sneak peek.

This year’s Catalog features a lineup of your favorite life-changing gifts, including blankets ($25) that warm up a family spending the night in an emergency shelter, vaccinations ($50) that protect children from deadly diseases around the world, caregiver training ($75) for family and friends of military loved ones returning home from overseas, and more.

Stay one step ahead of the seasonal stress and check a few gifts off your list early this year – visit www.redcross.org/gifts now, and give something that means something.

Happy shopping!

Give Something That Means Something This Holiday Season

American Red Cross launches holiday fundraising campaign to help those in need

The holiday season is just around the corner and this year the American Red Cross is urging people to give something that means something by donating to the Red Cross and helping those in need.

The Red Cross has launched a holiday fundraising campaign, asking everyone to visit www.redcross.org/gifts to make a donation in the name of the people on their gift list this year. Their donation can help provide food and shelter to a victim of disaster, help purchase things like phone cards and supplies for a member of the armed forces, or help supply basic necessities to families in desperate need in countries across the world.

Everyone is invited to browse through the Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog and view symbolic gifts they can “purchase” for, or in honor of, a loved one – things like infant care kits for babies in emergency shelters, comfort kits for wounded warriors, or water containers used when natural disasters disrupt a community’s water supply overseas.

“We are asking people to give a gift that means something in the spirit of the holiday season,” said Steve Hansen, the local Chapter Executive. “Their donation can help save the day when fire destroys a neighbor’s house, when a patient needs blood, when a member of the military has a family emergency back home.”

Throughout our local Chapter area, we funded 210 local disaster operations which was up from 163 local disasters (mostly residential fires) last year. This increase can only be supported through disaster training, material readiness, preparation and rapid responses around the clock. With the military gifts being popular, of interest is that 2,100 services were provided to local military members and their families. We also trained 50,072 in life-saving skills such as first aid, CPR, water safety and babysitting classes to name a few.


Fiscal Year 2011 was a busy year nationally for the Red Cross. Red Cross chapters responded to more than 68,000 disasters across the country, including the launch of major relief operations for wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres; tornadoes that destroyed entire towns; and flooding that left communities underwater from the Dakotas to the East Coast.

Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces workers provided assistance to more than 386,000 members of the military and their families, veterans and civilians. Red Cross Blood Services distributed more than nine million blood products for patients in nearly 3,000 hospitals across the United States. The Red Cross enrolled more than 8.2 million people in health and safety training such as first aid and CPR, aquatics and water safety. As part of the global Red Cross network in more than 180 countries around the world, the American Red Cross responded to disasters and public health emergencies in more than 60 countries.

“We ask people to be generous this holiday season in their support of the Red Cross,” Hansen continued. “History has proven Americans respond when people are in need. These are difficult times for families and businesses across our nation, but we ask that people support the Red Cross and the help our programs provide during the holidays this year.”

About the Local Chapter 

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. To learn more about local Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter headquarters at 920-231-3590 or visit www.NEWRedCross.org. Find us on facebook.com/newredcross, twitter.com/newredcross, the local blog is newredcrossblog.org. 

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 visitwww.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Give Gifts That Save the Day!

Now more than ever, we all want to give gifts that really matter.

That’s why I’m so happy to announce our new 2010 Holiday Giving Catalog. It’s a wonderful way to make the season more meaningful while helping others in need.

Every gift is a unique way to honor the friends and loved ones on your holiday list by making a gift in their name.

Whether you choose to provide emergency family kits to disaster victims, phone cards for our troops, or a warm blanket for a child in need, any gift you choose will bring both comfort and hope.

And because every tax-deductible gift goes toward our overall mission, you’ll help save the day for people in need whenever a crisis happens. So shop early, and check out the catalog right now. www.redcross.org/gifts

Happy holidays!
Gail McGovern
Gail McGovern
President & CEO
American Red Cross

P.S. You’ll receive free greeting cards or e-cards with each donation to let your recipients know about the meaningful gift you gave in their name. Shop now!

About your local American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter: The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has served our community since 1916.  We provide services in eight counties:  Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee (WI), Oconto, Shawano and Menominee (MI).  Measured by the number of people served by every dollar donated to the Red Cross, no other non-profit organization in America can boast a higher return on the donor’s investment.  Ninety-one (91) cents of every dollar donated to the organization goes to delivering programs and services.  The American Red Cross is not a government agency.  As such, it relies on charitable contributions to fulfill its mission.  Please support your American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Lakeland Chapter Asks All Supporters to Spread the Message This Holiday Season

The life saving mission of the Red Cross benefits 250 people every 60 seconds, and our impact does not stop at our own borders. 

Locally, nationally and internationally, no other organization provides our depth of services to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to all types of disasters and emergencies. This vital work starts right here, in our own community.

We are thankful for a community that supports the lifesaving mission of the Lakeland Chapter; but today I’m asking you and your friends to join me in financially supporting the mission of the American Red Cross. Many people wait to make charitable donations until the end of the year we are, however, in extraordinary times and we have an opportunity to encourage people to give to today!  The Red Cross has launched a nationwide effort to encourage people to direct their year-end gifts to the American Red Cross. The centerpiece of the giving strategy is the 2009 Holiday Giving Catalog.  It is available online at www.redcross.org/catalog.  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to browse through the offerings.

Now, here is how we need your help.  First, if you haven’t yet made a gift please consider making a gift to the Red Cross.  Second, please consider using the Holiday Catalog to give gifts that save the day to your friends and family.  Third, I’m asking you to send the link to the online catalog (www.redcross.org/catalog) to at least five of your family and friends.  If you have a Facebook page, consider setting up a link to the catalog on your Wall.   You can make a difference – right here, right now.

If you aren’t sure what to say, use the message below to express your support for the Red Cross.

Sample message

    • A gift of any size to the American Red Cross will save the day when the next disaster strikes. When a neighbor’s house burns down. When someone needs a lifesaving blood transfusion. When a family needs to contact a deployed service member in an emergency. When a child needs a hug and a blanket. The gift that saves the day is the gift you give today. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world.

Thank you again for your help and support. We are able to carry out our live saving mission because of community support. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mauree Childress by phone at 920-227-4286 or by email at childressm@arclakeland.org.