Take time to donate blood in the new year

Look at your clock. Think about what you’ll be doing in 3.9 hours. Would you drop everything to help someone whose home caught fire? American Red Cross volunteers do just that six times a day.

It took you about 10 seconds to read that. Already, five people in America need blood. Our Red Cross makes sure that blood is there, supplying nearly 40-percent of the nation’s blood supply.

The 2015 floods devastated parts of South Carolina. In 2016, it was Hurricane Matthew’s turn. This year, Irma stormed in.

Every year, major disasters hit South Carolina. Every time, the Red Cross is there.

Since August, nearly 200 local disaster-workers deployed throughout the country to help people recover from disasters. In eight weeks, the organization sheltered more people than it has in the last five years combined.
Red Cross volunteers are in our communities every day. They’re educating people about fire safety as well as installing smoke alarms.

Need CPR training? Call the Red Cross.

Volunteers support active duty service members, veterans and their families by providing emergency communications, counseling and financial assistance.

Red Cross services are only possible through the generosity of our donors. The fact is an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

I welcome you to sign up, put on that red vest and help. This holiday season please join my family and me in our support of the American Red Cross.

Jimmy Feuger, Chairman
American Red Cross, Eastern South Carolina Chapter

Author: Duane Childers

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