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: https://www.redcrossblood.org/local-homepage/events/win-a-trip-to-super-bowl-liv.html
Just come to give January 1-19, 2020, and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win. Make your appointment here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive
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 www.redcrossblood.org.