The Greatest Valentine’s Day Gift: A Plasma Donation
There is a new way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that could help you save a life — donating blood.
The U.S. is currently facing the worst blood shortage in more than a decade. According to MedStar Health, this massive drop in blood drives nationally is due to the whiplash of the pandemic. Ongoing blood drive cancellations due to illness, weather-related closures, and staffing limitations create a huge issue in communities across the nation. At a time when businesses and organizations across the country are experiencing pandemic challenges, companies like the Red Cross are encouraging others to give back in an impactful way. “We are all learning how to live in this unique environment,” says Gail J. McGovern. “How we spend our time, where we work, how we give back, and how we make a difference in the lives of others – donating blood must continue to be part of it.”
Fellow contributors to this movement of love are the city of Savannah and Georgia Southern University. Both are teaming up with The Blood Connection for a Valentine’s Day blood drive on Valentine’s Day. Organizers say it is a way to share love amid historically low levels of blood supply–in their community specifically. “In addition to what the holiday brings, we want you to give that love. It only takes about an hour to donate but it can change someone’s life forever,” said Savannah Mayor Van Johnson. Appointments for the Share the Love Community Blood Drive are available between noon and 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, at the Armstrong Center (13040 Abercorn Street in Georgia). Those interested in taking part (or donating) at this event can sign up here.
With Valentine’s steadily approaching, consider generously giving someone the gift of life via your blood donation. Your selflessness could help a special someone in a major way. Instead of surprising a person with a bouquet of roses, provide a person with the gift of plasma in a donation center near you—it is still red.
The Red Cross. (2021, January 11). Red Cross Declares First-ever Blood Crisis amid Omicron Surge [Press release]. https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/press-release/2022/blood-donors-needed-now-as-omicron-intensifies.html
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