Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What Did You Do Today?

Last Saturday, I headed out for a fun-filled day at the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas administrative kick off where they launched the new campaign, "What did you do today?"

I wandered around looking at the booths, amazed at all the fantastic opportunities available to young women. At the end of the hallway, I noticed an American Red Cross table. Sheila Winans, a donor recruitment representative for blood services, was busy passing out information and signing people up to donate blood- right there in the middle of Collin County Community College.

Now, that's a great thing to do any day. She reported 22 units of blood had been collected which can help save 66 lives. As you may already know, one single pint can save up to three lives!

Sheila also mentioned the Girl Scouts did a really kind thing. They invited participants to bring food for the Canteen if they were unable to donate blood themselves, since many of the attendees were under 17 years old. The response was so large there were snack items left over which they agreed to donate to the Eagle Scout Blood Drive Project coming up this weekend in Desoto.
"Nice cooperation between those 2 agencies, huh?!" said Sheila. "We don’t usually expect people to bring snacks but the Girl Scouts wanted to be able to include people unable to donate blood to be able to donate something. Really nice."

Sheila and I agree if you are wondering, "What will you do today?" You can go to bloodisneeded.org, type in your zip code and find out where you can give the gift of life.

Disclaimer: While the American Red Cross appreciates the generosity of others and encourages people to donate their time, money and blood, we cannot accept individual food donations unless expressly requested by the organization. For more information on how to get involved, please go to redcrossdallas.org .

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