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To the editor:
Since 1943, March has been celebrated as Red Cross
Month. President Franklin Roosevelt first proclaimed it as a time
for U.S. citizens to rededicate themselves to the "splendid aims and
activities of the Red Cross." Sixty-five years later, the American
Red Cross continues to provide a wide array of services to people in
every community throughout the nation.
In addition to being the nation's single largest blood collection
organization, the Red Cross offers health and safety training,
serves as a vital emergency communication link between military
personnel and their families at home, teaches disaster preparedness,
and provides relief to victims of disasters of all types and sizes.
During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross thanks the
volunteers who make these lifesaving services possible. None of this
could happen without generous donations from individuals in the
The American Red Cross Blood Services Heart of America Region
would particularly like to thank everyone who gives blood and helps
patients in about 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the
country. Your commitment as a member of the Red Cross is
In 2007, the Red Cross collected 744 pints of blood in Logan
County. The Lincoln community sponsored 43 Red Cross blood drives
During March, bad weather and illness can still keep many from
being able to donate blood. Yet the need for blood continues. The
American Red Cross must collect enough blood every day to meet the
needs of accident victims, cancer patients, patients having surgery
and so many others.
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The Red Cross is dedicated to preparing and helping people in
need, every day, in communities across the nation. We know you are
too and appreciate your continued support.
If you are at least 17 years old or 16 years old with signed
parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in good health,
please consider helping save someone's life by giving blood. For
more information, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE LIFE, or
http://givebloodgivelife.org/. This year, make a difference and
Shelly Heiden, CEO
Mid-America Division, Heart of America Blood Services Region
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and
respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and
35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters, taught
lifesaving skills to millions and helped U.S. service members
separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million
people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of
blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red
Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent
Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross
spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red
Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time,
money and blood to do its work.
March 07, 2008]
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