The new year is a time for making resolutions, and the Oregon Red Cross is urging people to resolve to help those in need by making a tax-deductible donation to the Red Cross before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. “In Oregon, thousands of volunteers in local chapters of the Red Cross touched the lives of almost 140,000 people in the state, with disaster relief, support for military families and training in life-saving and preparedness skills,” said Maree Wackerk Oregon Red Cross CEO. 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.
“Thousands of Oregonians also rolled up their sleeves and gave blood, helping the Red Cross provide more than 90% of Oregon’s blood supply.”
“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,” said Maree Wacker, Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Red Cross. “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. This end-of-year generosity will allow us to help a disaster victim, a member of the military, a hospital patient, or even someone learning to swim, right here in Oregon, and throughout the country,” said Wacker.
You can give something that means something before the New Year, by donating at www.oregonredcross.org, or by giving a tax deductible gift by check, or by phone at (503) 284-1234.