2012-12-06 / Lifestyles

Survey: Giving still set

LANSING – A new survey from the American Red Cross shows most Americans giving to political causes in 2012 and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts will not reduce their year-end gifts to charity.

A telephone survey of 1,010 adults conducted earlier this month found that 78 percent of those who have already given to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts say it will not impact their year-end charitable giving, while 90 percent of those who gave to political causes say it will not reduce their giving to nonprofits this holiday season.

“We are grateful for the generous donations by the American public for the Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy as well as their support for the work of the Red Cross here in the Central and Northern Michigan Region,” said Alison Bono, regional director of communications for the Central and Northern Michigan Region. “The Red Cross, like other nonprofits, relies on funding throughout the year to support its mission to help those who need our help. Beyond large-scale disasters, the Red Cross responds to the needs of the community every day through attending to home fire victims, members of the Armed Forces and those seeking preparedness information.”

In the past year, the Central and Northern Michigan Region responded to 599 local disasters, assisted 821 families, provided 2,102 SAF (Service to Armed Forces) services and enrolled 48,395 people in Preparedness and Health and Safety classes.

“The Red Cross helps people in need everywhere and every day, and financial donations are critical to allowing us to serve our community,” Bono said. “Even as the Red Cross is responding to Sandy, we are helping people here in our community as well, just as we do all year round.”

Those who would like to donate to support the work of the Red Cross can visit redcross.org, call (800) RED CROSS (800-733- 2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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