Add Some Red to Black Friday and I’ll give some Green to the American Cancer Society
Millions of Americans shop for Christmas gift bargains on Black Friday every year. I encourage you to give a gift on Black Friday that costs you nothing more that a little time, and which can help you feel you have truly given life and hope during this holiday season.
My readers will know that I’m a big proponent of regular blood donations. Kay, my wife has ovarian cancer and has been a recipient of donated blood when her blood counts get low from chemotherapy. Cancer patients are among the highest users of donated blood products from red blood cells to platelets. I’m donating regularly to be sure our family puts more blood into the blood banking system than we take out. I want you to join with me on the Friday after Thanksgiving this year by paying a visit to your local blood donation center. There are even potential blood donation health benefits.
I’m putting out a challenge to readers, your friends and anyone else you can contact. Black Friday is a day when many of us are out and about shopping and getting ready for the holidays. The holiday season is also a time when blood donations tend to fall behind need. Here is the challenge:
I’ll donate $1. (up to $1000) for every comment to this post or tweet me @DoctorPullen telling me that you have or intend to go to your local blood donation center on Black Friday and donate blood. $1. may sound like chump change, but I want to get 1000+ people who would otherwise not donate blood to do so this Friday. We are in a world of easy communication, and I bet everyone who reads this knows 10 people who are in a position to get to their blood donation center this black Friday and donate. Just do it!
Take a break from shopping, get off your feet, and relax while you give one special holiday gift. Use the twitter or facebook links to send this off to your friends, tell your coworkers, shout from the roof tops, whatever but let’s make this Black Friday blood red with our generosity.
My daughter, son and I plan to go to the local Cascade Regional Blood Bank center in Puyallup Friday. I checked and they are open 7:30 AM – 5:00PM. I’ll try to keep a counter going on the site to let you all know how we are doing.
Egg on my face. I went today to donate, but was turned away because I went to Belize on vacation a couple of months age, an area with malaria exposure potential. I’m now ineligible for a year, joining a majority of the rest of Americans. If you are among the 37% who are eligible donors get to your blood donation center and give. Keep our blood supply safe and plentiful. Happy Thanksgiving.