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Television Star Urges Donations of Time, Money or Blood to the Red Cross
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December 30, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2019 — American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet member Masi Oka, from the hit television series “Heroes” on NBC, encourages people to donate their time, money and blood in the new year.

Shelter Help
Gifts that save the day

"I know that being part of something bigger than myself has made a real difference in my life,” Oka said. “With the New Year upon us, why not think about how volunteering your time or being a blood donor can make a difference to you...and others."

Oka has been doing interviews this week with television and radio stations across the country to urge people to support the Red Cross through volunteering, donating blood or making a financial contribution.

Many people make charitable donations at the end of the year in order to help those in need and to get a tax deduction, and people can donate to the American Red Cross by going to www.redcross.org.

The Red Cross also offers gifts that save the day in a holiday giving catalog. By donating to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org/gifts, you can provide items such as:

Comfort kits for wounded warriors — The journey from field to hospital for a wounded veteran can be lonely and frightening. You can make sure that a wounded patriot arriving at a military or VA hospital is welcomed with a Red Cross Comfort Kit. Each kit contains meaningful items such as a phone card, robe and shower shoes, toiletry items, calendar and an iTunes card.

Phone cards for U.S. service members — You can make sure that active duty service members and wounded warriors can get in touch with family and friends, and help make being away from home just a little more bearable.

A day’s food and shelter — Disaster victims face many urgent needs, but a Red Cross response always begins with a safe place to sleep, hot food and emotional support. You can provide these essentials for one victim for an entire day, including three meals, a cot, two blankets and personal supplies. Give a family the basics they need to survive and begin to rebuild their lives.

Lifesaving measles vaccinations — Despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine, measles still kills an estimated 450 people each day, mostly children. Together with our Measles Initiative partners, the Red Cross educates families about the dangers of this disease and encourages mothers to bring in their children for measles vaccinations. For less than $1, we can vaccinate a child against measles and provide lifetime protection against this deadly disease.

Emergency supplies for a family overseas — Families who have lost everything in a disaster need immediate help just to make it through the first terrifying hours and days. A cooking set, toilet paper and a toothbrush, safe water and a blanket to keep warm—these simple items are essential

As the countdown to the New Year begins, there is time yet to give a gift that could save the day for someone in need.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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