The New Hampshire (West) Chapter of The American Red Cross is running a great program this month aimed at giving people an appreciation of the cost of running their services. These services include: housing, replacement medical items, clothing, and mental health services. The Chapter states that the cost of providing assistance to its residents is on average $3,410 every week. The Adopt a Day of Disaster Relief or Transportation is a way of offering local businesses and foundations an opportunity to help provide crucial services to local residents.
You, or your company, can Adopt a Day of disaster relief by donating $452.29 to The American Red Cross of Southwestern New Hampshire. Many companies ask employees to give at company picnics, or other company events, and then match employee donations dollar for dollar. The donations will allow you, or your company, to adopt one or more days of disaster relief.
The cost to the Chapter of providing transportation services to members of the community is on average $1,453 every week. This includes rides to people of all ages for dental, therapeutic, and violence programs. To Adopt a Day of transportation, you, or your company can donate $290.69.
Contributors to the Adopt a Day of Transportation or Disaster Relief program will be recognized both in the New Hampshire (West) Chapter’s annual report and Adopt A Day web page.
Another way in which you can make a donation that will go towards the cost of adopting a day of disaster relief or transportation, is to donate a used car or other vehicle. The American Red Cross will then re-sell the vehicle to a new owner, or sells it as scrap metal. If the value of the sold vehicle is $500 or more, you can claim it as a tax deduction.
Clearly, the cost of providing such a range of important services is quite large. Creative programs such as the one outlined above are a great way of highlighting those costs. The program also provides an excellent opportunity for members of the public, and local businesses, to make a special effort to aid The American Red Cross.