Where Does My Holiday Giving Donation Go?

Where Does My Donation Go? A Look Behind the Photos in the Holiday Giving Catalog

Wednesday, December 08, 2010 — When Two Wheels Can Make a Difference

Anton Chilufya walked his bicycle along an empty stretch of highway in northeastern Zambia.

Zambia volunteer with bicycle
A donation as basic as a bicycle can enable volunteers such as Anton to reach remote villages to deliver services.

 

A group of young children he gathered from villages along the way accompanied him to Pintu Immigration Post, about five miles away. There they would be vaccinated against one of Africa’s most deadly childhood diseases—measles.

During a campaign to vaccinate five million children against measles in Zambia, Anton and 1,800 others volunteered to accompany children when their parents were unable to. This ensured that no child was left unprotected.

Something as simple as a bicycle can help volunteers like Anton reach remote villages so they can educate families on disaster preparedness and provide other services.

About the American Red Cross: How can I be involved? Check out our holiday giving catalog and give a gift that will truly make a difference in someone’s life. Looking for the perfect gift to give your friends and family members? Don’t risk giving them something they already have; give to the Red Cross in their name and give them the honor of having given someone what they need.  Instead of giving someone a duplicate CD, give an armed services person an MP3 card to ease their recovery. Instead of giving someone a duplicate coffee mug, give someone in Africa a water container to provide them with clean water.

What YOU do matters. You can help save a life this holiday season.

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 our local website or click here for our holiday giving catalog website.

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