Helping To Save Lives

The American Red Cross brings us many programs, being there to help people in their time of need. If you are like me, then you will want to know what happens to the blood you donate after. I found these steps on the Red Cross website; first it is collected, or we donate our blood, then the blood is sent to a Red Cross center and where it processed and separated out. It is then tested, to make sure the blood can be used, and stored, before being distributed to hospitals. The blood is available to be sent out 24/7.

There are number of good reasons to donate blood, but the main reason, you can help save a life. Every two seconds someone needs blood, and while fewer than 4 out of every 10 people can give blood, fewer than 1 in 10 actually do. If you do nothing else this month, stop, take time to give, you never know when you might need the favor returned.

If you live in the Central Valley, here are places you can go to donate.

Random Acts of Kindness

Right now, with so much uneasiness going on, this day has come at the perfect time. Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and in fact, there is an entire organization dedicated to random acts of kindness, and you can get involved.

So, what does it mean to be kind to someone? It can really come in so many forms, here are a few examples: opening a door, saying thank you, bringing a sick person soup, giving someone a hug who needs it, buying someone lunch, donating blood, giving someone your full attention, sending someone a message you don’t talk to often or even smiling at someone. You can find even more here. Kindness has so many shapes and forms, and we too often forget this. So today, I highly encourage you to try one, two or even more of these today, and see how it makes you feel. Spread the joy, we will all be happier for it.