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Need a last minute gift?

Pretty much all of us have found ourselves scrambling last minute to buy a gift. In fact, a recent Ipsos poll found that three out of 10 gifts purchased by Canadians are done within a day of giving the gift. We’ve all been there! Plus, after buying last minute, a lot of us worry that the recipient will be disappointed with what we got them. The same poll found that 64% of those asked agreed that they would prefer to receive a charitable gift that would help someone else.

Red Cross national partner Aviva takes part in global mapping project

It’s hard to believe, but many parts of the developing world that are most vulnerable to humanitarian crises, like natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or conflict, are still not mapped digitally or on paper.  Without comprehensive maps, response times can drastically increase during natural disasters or disease outbreaks making it harder to reach people who need help.

Musician Elly Thorn supports and welcomes refugees with song

Canadian singer-songwriter Elly Thorn was inspired to write “You Didn’t Even Know Me” when she and her husband were travelling and, although their surroundings were foreign to them, she was struck by how extremely welcoming their hosts were. Now Elly is using her song to help welcome Syrian refugees to their new home in Canada – with proceeds from the song going to the Canadian Red Cross.

Thank you for being a hero!

We asked our generous donors to share a message of support with the people of Fort McMurray. We were overwhelmed by their response

YMCA pre-kindergarten students aim big for Fort McMurray

Pre-Kindergarten students aimed to sell lemonade for $100 per glass to buy new houses for Fort McMurray Evacuees. 
 
Students at the Shirley Stollery YMCA Child Care Centre, aged 3-5 years, brought questions and ideas into their classroom after speaking with their parents about smoke in the Edmonton sky. 

Rescuer Awards for heroic New Brunswick residents

What do New Brunswick residents Naveed Majid, Earl LeBlanc, and Tamara Brothers have in common? They all took actions that saved lives – and now they are being honoured with Canadian Red Cross Rescuer Awards. 

Discovering Westport: a small community with a big heart

End of mission is a time of deep reflection and slow adjustment. When I was deployed to Germany as a Canadian Red Cross delegate, my life changed drastically. Working as an interpreter in a German Red Cross transit camp for refugees, I experienced a complete shift in lifestyle. I went from a quiet 9-5 to non-stop 12 hour shifts, welcoming a thousand refugees every night. I adjusted quickly because the rapid pace of response left no room for easing in. When the end of my mission came, I braced myself for another major life change: going back to normal. 

Take the #unselfie challenge on Giving Tuesday

There’s Black Friday, a day to kick off holiday spending, and there’s Cyber Monday, a day for online sales. But did you know about Giving Tuesday? This year, Tuesday, December 1 will mark the start of charitable holiday giving.

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