Give Something That Means Something This Holiday Season


Cape Fear Red Cross launches Holiday Campaign with matching gift incentive

Wilmington, NC November 19, 2012 This holiday season, the American Red Cross is urging people to give something that means something. By making a financial donation to the Cape Fear Chapter through the 2012 Holiday Giving Campaign, you can give hope to local families in need and double the impact of your contribution through a matching gift incentive.

Thanks to the generosity of a local family foundation, the first $20,000 in financial contributions to the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross this holiday season will be matched. For every dollar donated, the chapter will receive another dollar in support of the vital programs and services it provides to area residents. Your donation can help save the day when fire destroys a neighbor’s house, when a patient needs blood, or when a deployed member of the military has a family emergency back home.

“We ask people to be generous in their support of our local Red Cross chapter this holiday season, and help us to provide assistance and relief to neighbors in need,” said Vicki LaBelle, chief executive officer. “We are grateful for the ability to offer supporters an opportunity to double the impact of their holiday donation through this wonderful matching gift incentive.”

Your tax-deductible contribution can be made by:

  • Mail: American Red Cross, Cape Fear Chapter 1102 South 16th St., Wilmington NC 28401
    Office Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 910.343.5833
  • Online: (Local Red Cross Chapter)

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  Over the past year, your local Red Cross chapter has delivered the following vital programs and services:

  • 396 Cape Fear residents (125 families including 133 children) received assistance and relief in the aftermath of 113 local disasters (primarily home fires);
  • 18,249 units of blood were collected through 543 local blood drives and distributed to area hospitals to meet the needs of local patients;
  • 601 military members and their families received emergency communications support:
  • 3,681 active duty and veteran service members and their families were reached through our Services to Armed Forces programs;
  • 3,161 community members were trained in first aid, CPR, babysitter’s training, water safety and other lifesaving skills through certification courses taught by 280 Red Cross instructors;
  • 17,680 area residents accessed Red Cross training resources and preparedness information online;
  • 35,323 local citizens were briefed in disaster preparedness through 82 community events;
  • 1,325 client referrals were made to other community agencies and resources;
  • 3 local families were assisted with family reconnection through our international services programs;

All of this was made possible through the dedicated service of 550 volunteers, 4 full-time paid staff members, 3 part-time paid staff members, 11 seasonal support staff (including per-diem instructors, college work-study students and interns) and the generous support of 1,714 financial donors. 91 cents of every dollar donated directly supports Red Cross programs and services, and more than 97 percent of the Red Cross workforce are volunteers.

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 or join our blog at

The Cape Fear Chapter, a chartered unit of the American Red Cross, provides vital programs and services to the residents of Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina.  The Cape Fear Chapter was founded in 1908 and is the oldest Red Cross unit in the State of North Carolina.


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