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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: AMERICAN RED CROSS - The Harlem Globetrotters will be partnering with the Red Cross for their games in Portland.The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are not only visiting Portland to showcase their high-flying dunks and antics, but also to support a deserving charity partner.

The Globetrotters have teamed up with the local Red Cross as their official charity partner for a pair of games on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Moda Center.

American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to nearly 700 disasters in 2017, including the Eagle Creek Fire which forced many residents from their homes and threatened famous landmarks, nature and wildlife. The hope is the Globetrotters will be able to spread the word about the importance of Red Cross services, which include disaster relief, blood donations and much more.

During the games, which will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., local Red Cross volunteers will be featured, as well as highlights of all the services the Red Cross offers. The Globetrotters have been leading the way in fun and wholesome family entertainment for more than 90 years. Every year the team travels to hundreds of schools, children's hospitals and overseas military bases.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters. It supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood, teaches skills to save lives, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families.

This year has been an especially busy one for the Red Cross, with disaster relief responders deployed to relief operations across the country more than 360 times in 2017. For more information about donating visit www.Redcross.org/HarlemGlobetrotters. People can also support the Red Cross by texting ASSIST to 90999 to make a $10 donation, and by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets.