Mar. 5th, 2009

American Red Cross

Mar. 5th, 2009 09:13 pm
lyssac: (Default)

Ok, guys, another plea for donations, but this time, it is not for myself. I got a call from the American Red Cross today where I have been donating. Apparently, there is a huge shortage right now of donors and blood products. In my local area, they are getting about 4-5 donors a day, when they need a minimum of 14-15.

You may be eligible to donate, even if you think you are not. It can't hurt to check. For example, I am an insulin-dependant diabetic, and I am still allowed to donate as long as my blood sugar is in an acceptable range, and I eat a meal before I donate.

The Red Cross is one organization that I have always supported in my charity efforts. When I was in high school, I was a volunteer, assisting at blood drives at school and at the local Air Force Base. When I was in the Army, I started donating as soon as my 18th birthday had passed.

I have also received help from the American Red Cross. When I was in the Army, and granted medical leave after my surgery, they loaned me the money for my roundtrip plane ticket home, that I payed back out of my paycheck for the next five months, interest free. When there was a fire at my apartment complex a year and a half ago, they put us up in a hotel for three days, gave us a voucher for Wal-Mart, and assisted me in replacing all of my medications.

That is just my personal experience. They are constantly helping people in communities everywhere, and I know from being a CLS student, how important the blood supplies are. Please donate to the Red Cross, in any way you can, whether it is blood or blood products, your time, or your money. Like they say, "The life you save may be your own."

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