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Our World Gives
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Red Cross
October 29, 2008

The American Red Cross is one of eight non-profit organizations participating in the Western Union Company's Our World Gives, which invites the 18 million members of the Facebook social networking site to vote for one of the designated non-profit organizations.

The organization with the most votes at the end of six weeks will receive a $50,000 donation from The Western Union Foundation. Our World Gives seeks to increase awareness of critical social issues and charitable community spirit.

So why vote for Red Cross? Red Cross is there when disaster strikes, when someone needs blood, or when a member of the military or their family needs to send emergency communications. Our preparedness and health and safety training teach people how to swim or be a lifeguard, teach first aid and CPR training, and how to prepare your family and keep them safe during emergencies.

Our World Gives is part of Western Union's Our World, Our Family program - a five-year, $50 million commitment to facilitate global economic opportunity and help migrants and their families stay connected, overcome barriers and realize their dreams. Our World, Our Family is designed to reach people on every rung of the economic ladder.

Other participating non-profit organizations include: Accion USA, CARE, Mercy Corps, Room to Read, US Fund for UNICEF, Opportunity International and World Vision. For more information, please visit westernunion.com/foundation.

About the American Red Cross:
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the California wildfires, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.


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