Every child has their own path to growing up. For many, the journey is filled with pleasant experiences — like riding a bike while a loved one held the seat, or playing in a park with friends and family. But for Alejandra, childhood was much more difficult. Unable to join the other kids, she sadly watched them play outside from her bedroom window. Attending school was only a dream in Alejandra’s mind. Walking was just too painful.Alejandra was born with a clubfoot. Without medical care, her story would have been tragic. She would have never known what it felt like to run with her friends or receive an education.But, because of people like you who donated on #GivingTuesday, Americares can help children like Alejandra. We gave gifts of medical supplies and taught Alejandra’s grandmother how to care for her wounds.Alejandra is now receiving the care she needs to walk normally — without pain— and have a chance at a better life. What’s it all about? Giving Tuesday is about helping children just like Alejandra and vulnerable families around the world. It’s also known as the National Day of Giving because it allows us to take a break from Black Friday and Cyber Monday and share the blessings we’ve enjoyed with vulnerable people in the little corners of the world. By now, a lot of people like you are already aware of Giving Tuesday. It’s the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, our special giving holiday. It’s also known as the National Day of Giving because it allows us to take a break from Black Friday and Cyber Monday and share the blessings we’ve enjoyed with vulnerable people in the little corners of the world. GivingTuesday started just seven years ago. And it’s grown quickly. Many organizations rely on it to help fund their work for not only one day, but all through the year. Of course, you can help others year-round through volunteering, donating or spreading the word about the causes you care about. But on #GT, your compassion is magnified by the generosity of millions of other people, and the impact is seen and felt globally. Why Should You Give? Lives Depend on Your Donation A significant population of the world lives below poverty levels without access to quality healthcare.Your Giving Tuesday donation can help provide healthcare that saves lives. Many of the people that Americares serves live on less than $1.90 a day. They struggle to acquire life’s basic necessities such as shelter, water, food and so healthcare takes a backseat. Americares fills these urgent needs by delivering compassionate care through mobile and partner clinics. And in times of crises, we serve disaster-stricken families by providing medicines and relief supplies as well as emergency response teams, temporary clinics, and training for local health workers. Your Giving Tuesday Donation Makes a Difference A donation to Americares helps save lives and improve health in families around the world by providing critical medicines, medical supplies and aid. Just last year, we responded to 35 disasters in 24 countries and supported over 4,000 health centers. Giving Makes You Feel Good There’s a good feeling related to giving and knowing that you’re making a difference. Giving can be a significant mood booster that makes you feel fulfilled and happy. Enjoy a Tax Break You can deduct charitable donations. Certain restrictions do apply, and you’ll want to check with your tax advisor about deductions. Help Us Give the Gift of Health With your donations, Americares can provide medicines and care for vulnerable children like Alejandra. And in regions that are vulnerable to disaster, we pre-position emergency medical and relief supplies. When Hurricane Dorian, a historic and deadly Category 5 storm, demolished communities and left families in desperate need, Americares was on the ground in the Bahamas within days of the storm. We coordinated response efforts, organized emergency medical teams,provided relief supplies and addressed urgent health concerns. And we don’t abandon survivors after an emergency. Americares stays behind to rebuild clinics and hospitals that provide critical health needs for the local communities. Our rapid response can be the difference between life and death for survivors of a natural disaster. All the support we provide hinges on your kind heart and generous donations. How Do I Donate to Giving Tuesday? Give Money For every $10 you donate, Americares can provide $200 in aid. You can make a one-time gift or join our generous monthly givers — our Heroes for Health — to help people in crisis. More than just physical health, ill-health affects learning and cognition of young children whose parents can’t afford primary healthcare. Your Giving Tuesday gift can help save lives that would have been lost to disease and disaster. Give Kindness A small act of kindness inspires generosity. Tell your colleagues how much you appreciate them. Buy lunch for the homeless man on the corner of the street. Donate clothes or food to help vulnerable people in need. One act of kindness matters more than you know. Give Time and Talent Some people volunteer to give back to their community. For others, it’s a way to use their skills to make a difference. But for those who do not have the time or opportunity to volunteer, making a donation is an excellent way to give back. Share Your Giving Use the #GivingTuesday hashtag to show the world how you’re giving and inspire your followers to do the same. Share your #GivingTuesday story and tell your followers why you support Americares. How Much Should You Donate on Giving Tuesday? There is no limit to what you can donate on Giving Tuesday. We are at work around the world restoring health and renewing hope. How Does Americares Use Your Donations? Americares creates unparalleled value for our supporters! More than 98% of our resources support health programs, and less than 2% is used for administration and overhead. Over the last 40 years, Americares has delivered more than $17 billion in quality medical aid and innovative health programs to 164 countries, including the U.S. Our goal is to make sure that people affected by disaster and poverty can access quality health care and reach their full potential. Trust Americares with Your Giving Tuesday Donation For the Fourth Year in a Row, We’ve Earned Charity Navigator’s 4-Star Rating We are a Four-Star BBB Accredited Charity. And for the fourth consecutive year, Americares has earned a 4-star rating — the highest possible — from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is America’s largest independent charity evaluator, and they endorsed Americares for our strong financial health and our commitment to accountability and transparency. All nonprofit organizations strive to achieve a four-star rating. It’s the “gold standard.” But only 20% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least four consecutive 4-star evaluations. This adds Americares to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on our ratings with charity checkers, you can trust that your donations are going to support a financially responsible and ethical charity. A reputation like this doesn’t just happen. It’s earned through hard work — and high standards. We make a commitment to integrity, efficacy and financial transparency because we know our supporters demand it … and the communities we serve deserve it. Giving Tuesday 2019: Americares Historic Matching 8X Gift Give Kindness This year for the first time in our 40-year history, Americares has received a Giving Tuesday 8X Match. That means every dollar you donate on Giving Tuesday can be matched for eight times the impact. It’s an extraordinary opportunity for you to make just one gift, and have it multiplied eightfold to help more communities increase their resilience to disaster, help more children receive health care, and distribute more medicines and supplies to clinics both here in the U.S. and around the world. In short, with our matching gift, you’ll help more people reach their full potential — and you’ll save more lives. If you were considering a Giving Tuesday donation to Americares, or a generous year-end gift to help save lives and improve health, please don’t miss this chance. All contributions are eligible to be matched when giving on or before #Giving Tuesday. Give to those who need it most around the world. DONATE TODAY Connect with us Health Makes Everything Possible Our Impact with Your Giving Dollar Generous donors make all our achievements possible. We are able to respond to more disasters, expand our health programs and save more lives because of the individuals, foundations and corporations that trust Americares to improve the lives of people in the United States and around the world. More than 98% of our resources support health programs. Americares efficiency with your charitable dollar is one reason that we’re trusted by donors and consistently receive high marks from charity evaluators.