Shop Online Through to Support The Samaritans of Rhode Island this Holiday Season

Dec 01, 2010, 17:40 ET from The Samaritans of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --The Samaritans of Rhode Island Suicide Prevention and Resource Center, a non-profit organization based in Providence, RI, has teamed up with to raise money for the organization's volunteer-based programs this holiday season.

Still have some holiday shopping to do? Do it online and support a worthy cause at the same time. Support The Samaritans of RI at A variety of major companies are participating in the fundraiser this year, and a percentage of consumer purchases will benefit the suicide prevention programs provided by The Samaritans of RI.  Here's how it works. When you shop online during this holiday season, please go to  Register The Samaritans of RI under "Who do you GoodShop for?" It takes a little effort but will help so many in such a big way!

In the United States, suicide is one of the top ten leading causes of death. In fact, suicide has consistently ranked 8th or 9th for the last few decades. Each year, 30,000 lives are lost to this tragedy; another 650,000 receive emergency care after suicide attempts. An estimated 200,000 persons are further affected by the loss of a loved one, friend or acquaintance by suicide. Since opening its offices, the volunteers at The Samaritans of RI have gained a statewide reputation for understanding needs and inspiring trust. They do this by focusing on self-help, volunteerism and partnerships. The Samaritans of RI practice a communications-based response, called "befriending," which emphasizes listening to what a person in crisis is feeling and thinking without expressing personal judgments. During the past 28 years, The Samaritans of RI have befriended over 500,000 people.

About The Samaritans of RI

The Samaritans of RI is a non-religious, non-profit organization devoted to helping those who are hopeless, alone or suicidal through volunteer-run programs. For additional information on the organization or if you're interested in volunteering for The Samaritans of RI, and you are 18 years of age or older, please visit

SOURCE The Samaritans of Rhode Island