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Give Blood, Get Stuff

Don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying your motivation should be the freebies, it just comes your way.

Some months back, it was a Red Sox shirt, then a lb of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (which if bought brewed, by the cup would be worth about $48), then last month, another shirt. My friends at the American Red Cross recently sent an email appeal:

With this latest round of severe winter storms, the Red Cross has been unable to collect blood in certain parts of the country. Over 750 blood drives have been canceled which has resulted in a loss of over 28,000 scheduled blood donations since January 1. As a result, in this period blood collections are the lowest we have seen in a decade.

At any given moment patients rely on life-saving blood products. The need is constant – even in emergency situations such as severe weather. The quickest help will come from local blood donors like you, who are able to give now!

The Red Cross urges people who are eligible to schedule an appointment to give blood now. Visit redcrossblood.org now to find a blood drive near you or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

It’s easy and safe to donate, and it’s a good feeling to know you actually helped to save someone’s life.

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