March is American Red Cross Month! This year marks the 70th Anniversary. In case you didn’t know it, the American Red Cross was created in 1881 by Clara Barton and officially chartered by Congress in 1900 to provide national and international relief during disasters, and to give relief to the military and serve as a means of communication between members of the Armed Forces and their families. Then in 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the first Red Cross Month in support of Red Cross fundraising efforts to respond to needs brought on by World War II. Since that time, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. Here are some Presidential quotations regarding the American Red Cross.
For those of you who have never donated before, I challenge you to step up and consider doing so. If you have donated before (but not lately), I challenge you to become a more regular donor. The need is great and you can help so many people through your donation(s). Come be a hero! Did you know that . . .
- Every five seconds someone needs a blood transfusion.
- Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood.
- Blood cannot be manufactured (it must come from volunteer donors).
Why not start by donating today? Tomorrow? Every fifty-sixth day? It’s easy, check out this website full of all the information you need (including scheduling your appointment). I’ve been donating blood products for my entire adult life. Like most I started with the whole blood donations, but eventually transitioned to platelet apheresis. There is no greater satisfaction in the world than knowing that through my donation I’m saving someone’s life.
I’m AB+, what type are you?