Good morning all my journal pals! I am so proud of the outpouring of support for the blood donation cause!! WOW!! Many of you who can not give blood, and many of you who can, have written me and Tammy asking what else you can do. I have thought about this and have come up with some ideas. I think the first thing to do is go to the American Red Cross Site and familiarize yourself with it. There is a page that lists restrictions for blood donation. I thought that I could not give blood because of medication and health issues. I was wrong! Here are some other ideas:
1. Read Tammy's Fun Facts on Blood Donation and familiarize yourself with them.
2. Ask family and friends to donate.
3. Send an email out to those in your address book that do not get the Gazette
mailings. Ask them to donate. Include links to the American Red Cross and
The Gazette and the restrictions page.
4. View volunteer opportunities with your local Red Cross by going to the
American Red Cross Home Page and putting in your zip code in the search box.
5. Consider sponsoring a blood drive. They work with you every step of the way
bringing equipment and scheduling or helping to schedule volunteers. Call
1-800-GIVE-LIFE or register online.
6. Consider donating to the American Red Cross's Blood Services Campaign.
I am in the process of figuring out how to sponsor a blood drive in my area. I am very excited about this! I hope that some of you all will take up the cause in your area as well! I hope that this entry helped some of you that were asking me what else you could do. If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any information for me, too, please email! Thanks, and blessings to you all! xox
Oh, one more thing, if you do donate, or know anyone who does, try to donate in John's name! Let me or Tammy know the number of donations. We don't need to know names just the numbers. Email me or Tammy the amount! Thanks! If you haven't figured it out already, Tammy has a tally for blood donations in John's honor over at the Gazette! Thanks, Tammy!
Addendum: If you are in the U.K. and want to help with this cause, please visit this entry in Northern Trip, thoughtfully written by Guido. Thanks, Guido!!