Your 16 year old daughter put the unexpected day off school to good use. When the temperatures dropped to five below zero and the wind gusts were expected to be as strong as 30 miles an hour the result was a day off school. And while you thought that your daughter would sleep in late and lounge around the entire day, she instead decided to work on her closet. She sorted and organized the mess that had taken nearly three weeks to create. On this day off, she decided to decide on what clothing items she was willing to give up and what she needed to keep.
Knowing that there would be a Red Cross pickup the next day made the while process easier to handle, easier to be motivated for. In fact, by the end of the day your daughter had four full boxes of clothes, including shoes and coats, ready for Red Cross pickup.
American Red Cross Donations Help People Around the World Recover from Natural Disasters and Fires
Both monetary gifts and American Red cross clothing donations serve as a resource to those who are in need around the world. From the latest mudslides in California to last summer’s hurricanes victims in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, Red Cross donations provide needed clothing, blood, and other resources.
Fortunately, even when people feel like they are at their very lowest the Red Cross can help distribute needed and necessary resources. Consider some of these facts and figures about the charitable habits of America and the impact that those donations have across the country and around the world:
- 3% of American income is given to charities every year.
- 70% of Americans give to charity every year.
- $666.1 billion is contributed every year to the U.S. economy by non-profit organizations.
- Donations to selected charities are tax deductible for the value of the items that are donated.
- Receiving $687 million in private donations in 2014, the American National Red Cross was the 13th largest U.S. charity as ranked by private donations.
- The American Red Cross provides relief for families and communities in the form of blankets, food, blood and shelter 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Could you find clothing or household items that you no longer use that others could benefit from? Even if you do not have an unexpected day off school or work, maybe you can find time to help those who are less fortunate than you and your family.
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