I give because I can.
Did you know?
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.*
- The Red Cross has won three Nobel Peace Prizes, in 1917, 1944 and 1963.^
- In 2013, the international Red Cross movement provided food aid for more than 6.7 million people and essential household and hygiene items for over 3.4 million people.`
- The ICRC’s (International Committee of the Red Cross) water, sanitation and construction projects benefitted some 28.7 million people in 2013.`
Please join us in going #allin1day to help the Red Cross deliver essential aid to those in need.
How can you help?
- Give blood.
- SleevesUp: Host a virtual blood drive.
- Host a regular blood drive.
- Donate platelets.
- Donate money.
- Learn CPR, First Aid and how to use an AED.
- Tell your story.
I gave whole blood for six years before learning that I was an ideal platelets donor, which I moved to three years ago. I don’t give in memory or honor of a specific person, although it is amazing when you meet people who have needed platelets — cancer patients, car accident survivors or organ transplant recipients, to name a few.
I give because I can, and I hope that if I ever need platelets, someone will give for me.
p.s. Did you know the Red Cross has several apps, including one for blood and platelets donations?
Statistics sources: *American Red Cross ^International Business Times `ICRC Annual Report
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