Monthly Archives: January 2020

By: David Haas

What is your longstanding Thanksgiving tradition? Do you huff and puff through an early morning turkey trot, or cheer for your favorite football teams all afternoon?  My family gathers each Thanksgiving Thursday to eat a hearty dinner, in preparation for donating blood to the Red Cross on Friday morning. It’s an appointment that’s built into schedules every year, but unfortunately, that’s not the case for most people.

Only about three percent of Americans give blood each year. In December, many people are distracted by shopping, parties, the holidays, even weather, causing donations to drop off when the need in greatest. This can lead to blood shortages in January.

If you’ve never given blood, you may be nervous at first, but the long-lasting feeling, will be one of thankfulness and pleasure at knowing you’ve helped others.  The kindness and attention you will receive from donation center staff and volunteers reinforces the good feeling.

And right now, donating is a win-win! Let me explain, the donated blood can help save up to three lives, which is a win for the recipients, but there’s more! The Red Cross has teamed up with the NFL to offer one lucky winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® – All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and more! Details here:

Just come to give January 1-19, 2020, and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win. Make your appointment here:

But wait, there’s another sweet incentive for the fine blood donors of the Greater Philadelphia area! Throughout January, presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free medium Hot Coffee and a free classic donut, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia Region, while supplies last. The vouchers are not redeemable for cash.

For more information, and to schedule your holiday donation at a nearby blood center, please visit

Home fires claim seven lives every day, but having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. That’s why the American Red Cross is rallying 27,000 volunteers to install 100,000 free smoke alarms nationwide during Sound the Alarm, Save a Life events. This spring, we’ll install free smoke alarms, share safety information in at-risk communities and fundraise to help families prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires. 

If you’re passionate about community safety and want to make a real difference in a hands-on way, these events are perfect for you!

The Eastern Pennsylvania Region is hosting Sound the Alarm in four locations this year and signing up is easy! Just head to! You can even put in your zip code, and all the events withing a 100 mile radius will pop up!

Here are the locations and dates within the Eastern Pennsylvania Region:

April 25 – Allentown

May 1 – Philadelphia

May 2 – Reading

May 2 – Bristol

So grab your families, friends, colleagues, and head to!

Here’s a recap from last year’s campaign:

We’re starting off a new decade with a packed calendar! Whether you’re in the Pocono Mountains, Philadelphia, or anywhere in between, we hope you can join us for our fundraising events! We’re gearing up for a black tie charity gala, golf tournament, marathon, and so much more!

January 15, 2020 – Pocono Heroes Celebration

Awards brunch honoring Pocono local heroes

 Location: Shawnee Inn, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

March 28, 2020 – Red Ball

Gala featuring dancing, auction and tastings from Philadelphia area restaurants and breweries

Location: Vie Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. – Midnight

April 17, 2020 – Lehigh Valley-Bucks Cabaret 

1920s themed fundraising dinner/dance

Location: Olympus, Centre Valley, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

May 14, 2020 – Berks County Heroes Breakfast        

Breakfast and awards ceremony

Location: Crowne Plaza, Wyomissing, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

May 17, 2020 – Run for the Red Pocono Marathon     

Annual Marathon and half marathon

Location: Stroudsburg HS, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

June 9, 2020 – Red Cross Cup – SEPA Golf Tournament

A golf tournament and lunch with silent auction

Location:  The ACE Club, Lafeyette Hill, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

June 19, 2020 – Bucks County Heroes Breakfast

Breakfast and awards ceremony

Location: PARX Casino, Bensalem, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.