By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
With holiday shopping in full effect and less than a month until Christmas, the American Red Cross is asking Oklahomans to consider the gift of charity.
“Our holiday giving campaign is an opportunity to give something that means more than an actual item,” said Jake Peters, regional development officer.
Donors can look through a list of items and services for purchase including three blankets for children and families in Red Cross shelters for $15, a military comfort kit for injured soldiers that includes toiletries, a robe, a phone card and an MP3 gift card worth $50 and a full day of emergency shelter including three meals, two blankets, one cot and personal supplies for a family of four at $200.
The gifts give the American Red Cross the financial resources to carry out the specific goal.
“These are services we do every day, every year and this is allowing us to have the financial support (for) those items that you’re requesting,” he said.
Another available purchase is measles vaccinations for children in third world countries.
“An estimated 380 individuals die every day from measles, which most of those are children,” Peters said. “And it costs as little as $1 to vacinnate one child.”
This is the third year the American Red Cross has done their holiday giving campaign.