From the American Red Cross:
The holidays are drawing near and most people are making plans to enjoy the season with their loved ones. But for many, the holiday season will be a very difficult time. The American Red Cross and the Chocolate Bar are asking people to remember those in need this year by giving something meaningful - giving hope to those in need.
Come support the American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter on Saturday December 7th starting at 7:00 p.m., as we launch our Holiday Campaign at the Chocolate Bar's annual "White Diamonds" party. There will be beverage specials, free samples and the diamond bowl where you get a chance to pick a one carat diamond. All of the proceeds from the diamond bowl will go directly to the American Red Cross. Don't forget to come dressed in white!
Disasters affected thousands of people this year, and now is the best time to give back. Whether a home fire or a major disaster, many lost everything they owned. Every nine minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster in this country and a financial donation can help the nearly 70,000 people who turn to the Red Cross every year for assistance with disasters big and small. Now is a great time to give back, so please join us at the Chocolate Bar (95 N Sierra St, Suite 101) to give something that means something.
BLOOD SERVICES As many as 44,000 blood donations are needed every day across the country to meet the needs of hospital patients. During the holiday season, it is very difficult to collect enough blood for those who need it. People get busy with their holiday preparations and celebrations and giving blood is not a priority. A blood donation to the Red Cross can save up to three lives.
SERVICE TO ARMED FORCES Many members of the military will be separated from their loved ones during the holidays this year. The public can send a thank you card to members of the Armed Forces through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Remembering them with a card can lift their spirits.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER One of the greatest gifts someone can give is the gift of time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. There are many ways someone can volunteer with the Red Cross in their local community. Visit the "Ways to Volunteer" information on the Red Cross web site to learn how.
As people look for meaningful gifts this year, the Red Cross invites everyone to visit www.redcross.org/gifts where they can purchase a variety of symbolic gifts in the name of the people on their gift list this year. Shoppers can buy 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. Catalog purchases come with greeting cards shoppers can send to a friend or loved one, letting them know a donation has been made in their name. The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution that supports the mission of the Red Cross.
From the American Red Cross