These are only some of the reasons you should donate blood. Plus, since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month, so this is the perfect time to do it.
January is a time when blood organizations like the American Red Cross pay tribute to the nearly 11 million people who give blood each year. Unfortunately, because it is a cold month, it is harder for people to keep their appointments to donate.
However, the need for blood does not decrease. Regardless of the time of year, hospital patients nationwide need about 44,000 blood donations daily for cancer care, surgeries and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma.
In addition to blood donation and disaster relief, the American Red Cross commits itself fully to military families and veterans. One of the most important things the Red Cross does in relation to the military is linking military members and their families during emergencies.
Red Cross relays messages containing accurate, factual and verified descriptions of the emergency to service members stationed anywhere in the world, including on ships at sea and at embassies and remote locations. For instance, it will notify a service member if death, serious injury or illness befalls someone in his or her family or if a child or grandchild is born.
Also, it supports wounded military members and military hospitals. Each year, the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation's 24 million veterans.
To find out more about all the good the American Red Cross does, visit its website, www.redcross.org, and either set up an appointment to give blood or find out how you can volunteer with them.
According to its mission statement, "The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors." I think you will agree, especially after reading this article, that it fulfills this mission.