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ORGANIZATION: American Red Cross
PERFECT FOR: Gifts of apparel and first aid kits; stocking stuffers of keychains or first aid tins
COST: $1.95 – $99.95 (some training items higher)
WHAT YOU GET: Mostly first aid and care-related items, some apparel and gift items
WHAT YOU GIVE: Aid to services in six areas: domestic disaster relief; community services for the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; collection, processing, and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; international relief and development programs
BOASTS: The Red Cross boasts half a million volunteers, 35,000 employees, and nearly 700 local chapters who help more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the US. They help thousands of US service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
LEGITIMACY: The American Red Cross is (obviously) a registered 501c3 and a BBB accredited charity
MORE DETAILS: The Red Cross store is offering free shipping today only, but make sure the particular item you’re purchasing is covered with that deal if you’re looking to get it in time for Christmas. For items purchased on the Red Cross store website, up to 50% of the retail price goes directly to the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross National Headquarters, and 20% of that goes directly back to your local chapter. Pretty cool.