The Red Cross

I began donating blood almost four years ago when I was asked to organize a blood drive for the Knights of Columbus. I donate virtually every 56 days. I was a bit longer this winter as I wasn’t feeling well on my day. But it has been consistent.

The Red Cross knows how to appeal to me. I received the following e-mail:

Dear Robert,

Thank you for giving blood with the American Red Cross on 4/24/2017. After first ensuring that local needs were met, your blood donation was sent to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ to help a patient in need. Your donation is on its way to change lives!

Every day, patients receive blood for a variety of conditions including life-threatening illnesses, blood disorders and traumas. Your blood donations are critical to helping save patients’ lives.

You may be able to help more patients with fewer appointments by donating double red cells. Ask if you’re eligible to give a double red cell donation when you make your next appointment.

On behalf of the hospitals and patients we serve, thank you for being a Red Cross blood donor.

Sincerely,

Mary O’Neill, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
American Red Cross

I like this. I like hearing how I have helped. It keeps me from losing interest. It caused me to go out and verify that I am scheduled for an appointment . . . on my birthday.

Keep up the good work!

And again, I look at my donation to the Red Cross as a way of contributing to my community. It’s something I can do all on my own. While I document it here, I don’t preach that everyone should do it. Lord knows, I abstained for decades for my reasons. Your business is your business.

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