There are a few reasons why we give blood as often as possible, but particularly during the Gift of Life Marathon in December.
1. Better to give. This is what the holiday season is all about. There is no better gift than the gift of life.
2. It is the right thing to do. We lost Dad to cancer this year, just three weeks after his only grandchild was born. Over the years blood transfusions helped him fight to live a life worth living. Anonymous donors, like you, helped him live long enough to see his first grandchild. By giving blood we hope to pay it forward so another family can experience the joy we felt as one ďbiggerĒ happy family.
3. Unify Rutland for a day. We love seeing Rutland alive with hope. No matter what our differences are, we all come together for this event. Itís so incredible to see so many people who care about others. The unity, joy and spirit at this drive make it special.
4. Set an example. We want to show our young son how important it is to give back to the community.
5. Do our part, again. The Red Cross is working very hard (50 percent more staff) to give Rutland a chance at breaking the national record this year. They are trying to make it up to us when last year there were enough donors to break the record but not enough staff. What a pity it would be if Rutland didnít come up with enough donors this year.
6. Put it in perspective. A couple hours are nothing (think of how much time we spend watching TV) when it could save someoneís life. Our close family and friends have needed blood transfusions in the past, and most people in our community can say the same.
7. Enjoy the moment. Itís a great excuse to read a book, chat with friends, or just veg out during this busy time of year.
8. Because we can. It is a privilege that we can give blood when so many are unable. We have a special gift to give during this holiday season.
9. There is a need. This time of year, there is a shortage of blood, so the need is high.
10. Rutland doesnít quit. This is Rutlandís last chance to break the national record. This is the last large-scale blood drive that we will have. We are so excited to be a part of making history.
Yes, of course, thereís also the awesome gift bag and free food, but those are small reasons in comparison to the above. We hope that youíll join us Tuesday, December 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (800) RED-CROSS to make an appointment.
ERIN and CHUCK
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