Dec 23, 2011 3:28 PM by Andy Koen

Giving the gift of help

The American Red Cross is asking holiday shoppers to consider giving the gift of help to their friends and neighbors in crisis this year by shopping at their Holiday Gift Catalog online. Donations can be made to help people in crisis from large scale emergencies like the Joplin tornadoes down to helping families who've lost their homes to fires.

Catherine Barde of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross the catalog recognizes donations by zip code and can ensure that donations stay local. Her agency has helped three local families who have lost their homes to fires this month alone.

A visit to the web-catalog also lists military comfort kits and calling cards for troops stationed overseas as popular gift items. Click here to browse the 2011 Holiday Giving Catalog. All donations are tax deductible.



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