Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Red Cross Holiday Gift Catalog: Making the Difference in the Life of a Child

By Joanna Jordan, Volunteer Writer, American Red Cross

As you’re thinking about holiday gifts for friends and family, consider what you can do for others around the world. As a brand new American Red Cross volunteer, I’m just starting to get a handle on everything we do at the Red Cross — not just in the United States, but around the globe.

Some of what the Red Cross does internationally can be surprising if you’re in the U.S. We don’t worry anymore about measles in our country; our children don’t die at astounding rates from a disease that can be controlled. But they do in other countries.

The Red Cross vaccinates 290,000 children a day against the measles. That’s 290,000 lives we save every 24 hours. And we can’t do it without your help.

It only costs $1 to save one child from contracting a deadly disease. For the cost of a pizza, you can save 25 children. For the cost of an oil change, you can save 50. And for only $500, you can save the next generation of an entire village from dying from a controllable disease.

By buying vaccinations in our Holiday Giving catalog, you can change the lives of so many for so little.

Take a look at other ways to give around the globe, in the U.S. or to our military service members in our Holiday Giving Catalog.

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