CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Now is the time of year when many of you are feeling generous, and we are helping give you ways to use that holiday spirit to make the mission possible for several nonprofits in our area.
The Red Cross of the Greater Carolinas has been trimming budgets and reducing staff to deal with a funding shortfall. Their United Way funding was cut by 40 percent, making it a challenge to serve those who need them the most.
"There are more people who are more vulnerable now in our community, so we are called upon to provide greater services than before," said Pamela Jefsen, regional executive officer of the Carolina Piedmont Region.
This year the Red Cross is launching the "Gifts that Save the Day Program." It is an online catalog where people can donate items in honor of someone else.
"It allows people to do two things at one time. They can give a gift and make a financial contribution to help vulnerable people in the community," said Jefsen.
The online catalog contains things like comfort kits for wounded veterans, shelter for a family in need or a disaster comfort kit. The program is run by the national office, but the purchases are tracked by zip code so people who donate can ensure the gift will go to their local chapter.
To give a gift, visit http://www.redcross.org/gifts.