E-wareness: Blood Donation

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BLOOD DONATION

(January 2015)

 

Campaign Coordinator: The Team

 

CLUB’S MESSAGE:

The Red Cross says that more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.  A non-profit called Blood Center os the Pacific (serving hospitals around Northern California) says the need is more than 4.5 million patients a year in the U.S. and Canada.  For various medical reasons, fewer than 40% of Americans are able to donate blood, but fewer than 10% do so even once per year.  It’s a weak argument to suggest that “everyone knows” blood donation is important, but in this case it’s also the truth.  Our mission during this month’s E-wareness Campaign is to save more lives by increasing the percentage of people who step forward, roll up a sleeve, and donate blood.

LINKS TO IMPORTANT ONLINE INFORMATION:

If you read only one piece of the information we share, please read:

Facts About Blood Donation, from a Bay Area non-profit, randomly found online…but interesting and comprehensive.

 

Other valuable links:

 

Why Donate Blood, from the World Health Organization.

 

Why Donate Blood, the American Red Cross’s take on the question.

 

Why Donating Blood Is Good For Your Health, according to this 2013 article in “Medical Daily” (whatever that is!).

 

Blood Types, some interesting information.

 

FOR THE FUTURE:

The need for blood is constant, and if we can help, we must help. Someday the life saved by donated blood could be yours, because someone cared enough to take the easy step of donating blood. Please look for opportunities to donate blood and come through whenever you can. And the beauty of the donation is that everything you donated gets replaced within a few hours!

 

THE ROTARY E-CLUB OF THE GREATER SAN FERNANDO VALLEY asks you take a look at more of our website, especially the PROJECTS tab, and invites local visitors to contact us for more information about joining our fun, active, flexible team.

The opinions expressed by guest speakers are those of the speaker(s) and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.

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